Michael Irvin Down With Gay Rights

 |  July 12, 2011

In recent interview with Out magazine the Cowboys legend speaks about equality for gay people and how he grew up having a gay older brother.

Irvin discusses learning about his brother at age 12 driving around with his father,“This man was wearing women’s clothes. My brother had a very distinctive walk,” he says. “My dad looked back at me and said, ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ ” That day change Irvin’s perspective on woman, relationships, and even his thoughts on his own sexuality, “We went back to that day,” Irvin says of the car ride in Fort Lauderdale, “and 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 residual of the fear I had that, if my brother is wearing ladies’ clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic? I’m certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why I was making these decisions, and that came up.”

Also, Irvin speaks on if he had a gay teammate in his playing days and a day when it wouldn’t even matter, “’I believe, if a teammate had said he was gay, we would have integrated him and kept moving because of the closeness.’  ‘Hopefully, as we move forward, we’ll get to a place where there’s no way it’s even considered; it just is what it is and everybody can do what they do. That’s the ultimate goal.'” Via Out