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Michael Irvin Speaks ‘Out’ For Equality

Michael Irvin, NFL Hall of Famer, graces the cover of Out Magazine and in an interview speaks out specifically to black people, asking how discrimination towards gays is any different than against blacks. The article describes him as ‘a passionate supporter of gay athletes and equal rights for same-sex couple’.

Irvin speaks about learning about his own brother being gay and coping with that in his quest to be an NFL star. He tells how it may have been the cause of him being overly macho, trying too hard to be ‘the man’, which caused him to do questionable things. In recent years he has considered himself more and more religious, yet impressively he goes against type and condones the church for distorting the word of God to persecute people.

Almost more impressive is that fact that the first time Irvin saw his brother in drag, in the 1970s, his father told him: ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ For a man of an older generation in a time of less tolerance, for any man at the time to imply to his son that there was nothing wrong with his brother is pretty amazing.

Because of his on and off the field personality I never had much respect for Irvin as a person though he was an amazing athlete, but he just gained a whole ton of my respect.

Well-Met Mr. Irvin.

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About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.

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2 thoughts on “Michael Irvin Speaks ‘Out’ For Equality

  1. Finally! I have always asked the question how a black person could be homophobic. Racism and homophobia is THE SAME THING!!!! Good that this athlete spoke out!

    Posted by Garrett McKenna | July 15, 2011, 10:14 am

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