Michael Irvin featured on cover of OUT Magazine

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    Jul 12, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    As an Eagle fan, pains me to say it, but... How bout 'them Cowboys?

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/6760900/former-dallas-cowboys-player-michael-irvin-gay-magazine-equality

    Former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin appears shirtless on the cover of this month's gay men's magazine Out and discusses his passion for equality issues.

    In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues.

    He says that he found out his brother was gay in the late 1970s, when he found Vaughn wearing women's clothing. Michael Irvin was rattled by the experience and has figured out since that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior. Working with a Dallas area bishop, T.D. Jakes, Irvin looked at the past.

    "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 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?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."

    Irvin says that his father, Walter, helped him learn a tolerant form of Christianity because the elder Irvin accepted his gay son and encouraged him to love his brother unconditionally.

    Irvin now believes the African-American community should support marriage equality.

    "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," he said, according to the magazine. "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."
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    As a Bear's fan, can't stand Dallas either. He is a "former cowboy" at least so a little easier to like him. lol

    Michael is a tremendously courageous man, and looks great still! We need many more gay friendly athletes to do the same.

    Thanks for posting Dayumm.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    Kudos to Irvin for doing this.

    As a Dallas fan, I have held a really negative opinion of Irvin in the past. Glad to see he is trying do something good for his family, the gay community, and changing his image. .
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    ESPN just had a news bite about the magazine cover. The only quotes they used were of his brother wearing women's clothing and him needing to deal with it. Nothing about his opinion on equality. Shame espn.
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    Jul 12, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    I've always liked Irvin's intensity as a football player. I was never a Cowboy's fan but really liked him. Now this just compounds it.
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    Jul 12, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    it's a sports feature of five straight allies. the stories and pics are really nice too.
    (how about that Nick Youngquest? icon_eek.gif )

    I like that these straight athletes stand up for us, but do they have to be such cock teases? LOL

    http://www.out.com/slideshows/index.asp?slideshow_title=The-Allies&theID=1#Top
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    Jul 13, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    judoguy saidit's a sports feature of five straight allies. the stories and pics are really nice too.
    (how about that Nick Youngquest?)

    I like that these straight athletes stand up for us, but do they have to be such cock teases? LOL


    You had me at "Nick Youngquest." Mmmmm...

    I'm hearing the fussing on ATL sports talk radio about "But Michael, did ya have to look like that on the cover?" but many of the same guys complaining have subscriptions to XXL and the other hip-hop mags... and I don't think the rappers on the covers even bother to buy shirts anymore. Gotta show off those tattoos! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 13, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    Also as an Eagle fan, lemme do what I do best and booooooo DeSean Jackson for his XM Radio comment the other day. C'mon, DeSean, you're better than that.
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    As a life-long Cowboys fan and a Michael Irvin fan, it warms my heart to see him do this! He has always marched to the beat of his own drum. I'm glad to see him take this step.
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    this is AWESOME! Go Michael!
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    Jul 20, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    dayumm saidmichael_irvin_is_on_the_cover_of_out_mag

    There ya go.


    fellow reciever and wow he is amazing looks great still. and being a Packer fan that hurts to say really.