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Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:49 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

@ brownsfan4ev I don't care about weather people are gay or not I wouldn't choose to be freinds with someone based on if they was gay or not. I just don't believe in gay marriages. Maybe your right I'm half open minded. I like Michael Irvin and when kids see him totally supporting this they'll be like wow it must be okay if someone super cool like Michael says its okay and I just think its not right. Okay you win I'm not openminded. But still say it don't bother me if someone chooses to be gay. I believe in treating others how they treat me. NOT on their sexually preference. Laughing

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:44 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

DNA is used as a Dumb reason for Doctors to hide the Truth. It's Sad that people don't want to know nor see the Truth and the Truth is most people that think they were born gay were Sexually Abused at a very young age and of course they think its their DNA. Doctors refuse to tell them that they were sexually abused as a child because it would would devastiate the world we all live in splitting family and friends. The only people born with these issues are those born with male and female sex organs, everyone else is either abused are chose. 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:54 am

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Who provided me with the Wisdom of grammer? My ENglish teahcers I guess. I hope you are not stating the God came down and taught me English. It's ok, Warner to Holt, I'm done with this topic. What's the point? I guess I'm also a scumbag who loves nose candy and hookers. Those two things go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:14 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

datboyeddiep:  Nothing has been proven regarding DNA and homosexuality.  Again, NOTHING.  On the other hand, nothing has been proven that it is a choice either.  So, people can make their own conclusions when they read the plethora of scientific studies on the topic.  Now, you say that your wisdom could tell you that God doesn't exist.  Yet, you are wise enough to capitalize the word God.  Who do you think provided you with that wisdom?

Also, if you are arguing that the big bang theory is scientific proof...I hate to point out that it is nothing more than a theory as well.  Unless you were there and witnessed the big bang, it is nothing more than a theory.  Scientists on both ends of the extreme have recognized creation as a theory and the big bang as a theory.  Don't try so hard to prove your points by making up facts. 

The only fact that matters here is that Michael Irvin is a scumbag who likes his nose candy and hookers.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:05 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

idbowhunter: have now taken the top spot of the stupidest things I have ever read on CBS...

I can observe an 8 year old boy and tell you if he's going to be gay or not.

That is the most ignorant comment ever.  Again, congratulations for being the biggest motard in history.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:00 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Good for Michael Irvin.  As a UM alum I can't say I've always been proud of his off-field activities, but I can say that this move is not only bold, but speaks volumes for his true character.  Good for you Michael, you certainly make this UM Grad hold his head even that much higher.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:30 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

First i would like to say that Michael Irvin is right, there probably was some insecurity on his part which is probably part of the reason he womanized but another part im sure is that he just flat out enjoyed it.  So what if his brother is gay, people should be allowed to love and marry whomever they want, this is supposed to be a free country isnt it? 

As for the people who sit here and call irvin names because he used drugs, how many of you would be a saint if you had millions of dollars and groupies all over you constantly?  I can say without hesitation i would probably be drunk and enjoying the women around also if i had that kind of cash.

Irvin isnt an axe murderer, he's a human being who has made mistakes and im sure the posters who bashed him have NEVER made any in their lifetimes.  Good for you michael, i think it's cool you are sticking up for the gay community.

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