Michael Irvin’s Provocative Cover For A Gay Magazine
The Cowboys Hall of Famer (and current NFL Network analyst) posed for the latest issue of Out magazine, covering his torso with only a pair of shoulder pads.
In the article, Irvin discusses the impact on his life that discovering his brother, Vaughn, was gay had. And he addresses how he dealt with the news: by womanizing. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"Through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?"
No word on whether any of Irvin's former lady friends will buy that excuse, but seeing his older brother walking the streets of Fort Lauderdale in women's clothing obviously had an effect.
While initially shocking to them, Irvin and his family accepted Vaughn for who he was, and Vaughn's now a bank manager.
Besides his personal advocacy, Irvin believes that a should be able to sympathize with - and therefore support - the same-sex marriage cause: African Americans. From NFL.com:
"I don't see how any African-American with any inkling of history can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," Irvin said. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality and everybody being treated equally, I don’t want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn’t deserve equality."
Just to recap - a wildly successful Hall of Fame receiver uses a perfectly reasonable, deeply personal argument in favor of gay rights...while a less-successful journeyman reciever decides to make his case by saying that gay marriage is going to spell the end of civilized society.
Advantage: gay rights.
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