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NBA player Jason Collins and This High School Has Closets
IconEmpire | May 12, 2013 at 12:50 pmby
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However, Could the media have missed the mark on what was truly news? Almost all of the NBA players interviewed, in relationship to Mr Collins announcement, said that they knew of one or two NBA players who were gay but not public about it.
This High School Has Closets” (ISBN 9781927124048 ) main character is a leading high school basketball player who is not openly gay. The protagonist in the story is his first ever boyfriend.
The story is not a “coming out” story but rather a story about coming of age. This was done purposely because studies have shown that most gay men do not come out until after high school.
“I felt that a lot of LGBT high school stories alienated teenage boys who can’t come out,” says author Robert Joseph Greene “the purpose of the book was to show young gay men a typical day to day semantics of dating in high school”
Greene has received many “Thank you” emails from teenagers via the website of Icon Empire Press saying that they identified with the characters from the book that were still in the closet. Greene felt that many book reviewers were missing this point but that the letters of support from fans were more important.
“Jason Collins is a great articulate and professional NBA basketball player that everyone should be proud of,” says Greene “He is a role model for his courageous effort but doing this is a personal decision.” Greene hopes that someday we will live in a World where this is not necessary.
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