This article originally appeared in Souciant, where I maintain a weekly column. Please support our work, we depend on you.
Leftists often bemoan a perceived lack of progress on the issues they work on. Fighting economic injustice, war or discrimination can feel like a thankless task. On top of the
difficulty of the work, too often we fail to celebrate success and lose a longer historical view of how the world has changed for the better.
That’s why this week’s revelation by National Basketball Association veteran Jason Collins that he is gay is so important. Collins is the first professional player in a major US male team sport to come out while he was still active, and the media as well as most other athletes who have spoken publicly have been extremely supportive. It’s worthwhile to stop and realize that only a few short years ago the response would have been very different. Continue reading