First off-to the mods: I know this topic is controversial and not completely related to MMA, so if anyone feels the need to remove this post, please do so (hopefully with no hard feelings).
I'm a straight, married father of two, and I openly wept reading this. Collins is the first active, male American athlete to come out as gay. But he won't be the last.
I can't imagine his struggle or courage, but I can imagine that his decision will open doors for many others and impact-directly or indirectly-millions of lives.
Collins has received a great amount of support, from Kobe Bryant and other athletes to former President Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, comment sections of this story have been flooded with the type of hateful bile you might expect (and that I sincerely hope will be avoided here).
The MMA world, with it's culture of occasional alpha male bro-ness, may be sensitive to this news. Or it may not be. Recently, Rashad Evans came out in support of the LGBT community, and with a few exceptions, Fallox Fox's story has been treated with the dignity you'd expect from the BE staff and community. Obviously there are homosexual fighters and fans, and I hope Collins' brave act brings all of them a little closer to self-acceptance and the type of courage he exhibited today.
This story may've been mentioned in comment sections today, but I didn't see a post dedicated to it-which seemed like a shame to me. Its significance transcends sports and affects us all in some way.
All the best,