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COMING OUT. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," says NBA center Jason Collins.
Will a gay athlete ever 'come out' in the Philippines?

in PHILIPPINES, 21/05/2013

It was bound to happen and finally did. A basketball player in the NBA came out and said he is gay. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first active professional athlete in a major American sport to admit to being gay. His declaration has roiled the sporting world, but most of the reaction has been understanding and supportive.

My thoughts then drifted to the Pinoy sporting scene where the deeply ingrained machismo of playing a ”man’s” sport is symbolized in my generation by Robert Jaworski, the so-called legend of the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Today, the biggest sporting hero in the country is 8-time world boxing champ and Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Both exude unalloyed machismo.

Since there is a certain percentage of a population which will be gay, even in the Philippines, coming out ala Jason Collins in the PBA would be an intimidating proposition.

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