It takes a brave man to step into the ring as a professional boxer.
It takes an even braver man to come out as a gay man AND a professional athlete.
Well Orlando Cruz must be one of the bravest guys around then because only a few weeks after coming out as gay, he won a fight!!
After winning by unanimous decision, he said:
"That was my moment, my opportunity, my event. And I won."
We are just so incredibly happy for him!
Hopefully this sets a new precedent.
He's the first major male professional athlete to come out!
"I was very happy that they respect me. That's what I want — them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word."
We're glad that he won his fight because it shows that orientation doesn't mean anything.
He put in as much work as the other boxer and won because he out gamed him that night.
That simple. Two male athletes competing on an even playing field.
One just happened to be openly gay.
Congrats on winning and on your bravery, Orlando!
[Image via AP Images.]
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