I'd like to announce to the world that I'm a heterosexual, I play
basketball, and I think it's real important that everybody knows that. So
please publish a big story on my sexuality, so everyone can go gaga over it.
@dumprake --Heterosexuals already have plenty of positive role
models. Gay kids still need many more, unfortunately.Gay people in
the US are **eight times** more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than
straight people.Roughly one third -- some estimates say one half --
of all homeless youth are gay. They are often on the streets because their own
families kicked them out when they found out they had a gay kid.Gay
youth are roughly **4 times** more likely to commit suicide than straight youth.
They often kill themselves because of bullying and/or institutionalized
homophobia.Until we conquer homophobia and truly accept homosexuals
as full citizens, there will always be a need for successful homosexual role
models who are willing to stand up and be counted.I highly commend
both Rogers and Collins for being willing to lead the way in professional