Sunday, May 15, 2011

Welcome Out Mr. Welts!

This Arizona momma is ever so grateful to see you come crashing out of that stuffy closet:

Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime friends met for a private talk. David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, sipped his morning coffee, expecting to be asked for career advice. Across from him sat Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns, who had come to New York not to discuss careers, but to say, finally, I am gay.


... Mr. Welts explained that he wants to pierce the silence that envelops the subject of homosexuality in men’s team sports. He wants to be a mentor to gay people who harbor doubts about a sports career, whether on the court or in the front office. Most of all, he wants to feel whole, authentic.
The bottom line is there are gays and lesbians in all walks of life. And to have someone like Mr. Welts, who is in such a prominent position in an industry that can be very homophobic is just wonderful.

Thank you Rick Welts, from the bottom of my heart.


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