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Orlando Cruz On Being First Openly Gay Boxer: "I Always Will Be A Proud Gay Man"

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We are blown away by Orlando Cruz and his openness!

Not only is he ranked fourth in the world in the featherweight class, but he has just announced that he is a proud gay man!

That makes him the FIRST openly gay boxer! So inspiring!

This is rare for professional sports — especially when you take into account that he's nowhere near retiring or anything. He's embracing who he is publicly in the middle of being one of the best boxers in the world.

Here's what he said, beautifully:

"I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.

"I want people to look at me for the human being that I am. I am a professional sportsman [who] always brings his best to the ring. I want for people to continue to see me for my boxing skills, my character, my sportsmanship. But I also want kids who suffer from bullying to know that you can be whoever you want to be in life, including a professional boxer. That anything is possible and that who you are or whom you love should not be an impediment to achieving anything in life."

Are we the only ones getting chills?

We're so unbelievably proud of this man, paving the way for those who might be looking up to him.

This is so brave, even in today's world.

Good luck in your next fight, Orlando!

[Image via AP Images.]

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