As tennis player and gay rights activist Billie Jean King has suggested, this news item is great, but it's also a shame in a way - it would be better if people didn't need to come out, and if instead everyone were accepted for who they are. We shouldn't have to defend ourselves, but since the world isn't yet at that stage, unfortunately we still need people such as Jason Collins.
Earlier this week I attended the launch of Sportlobster, a social media platform where sports fans can have all the finely-tuned information that they might want at their fingertips. In an area that is set only to grow, it sounded like an original concept, and so I caught up afterwards with its co-founders
I play devil's advocate here only to drive home the point: we need biological manipulation to make sport a spectacle. In fact, I will rephrase that: sport IS biological manipulation. The more pertinent question is to what extent is biological manipulation fair? And can we justify accepting certain forms but not others?
Meet cycling enthusiast Cathy Bussey, who, on Monday, wrote a piece for the Telegraph. Apparently, "it's not just high heels and road safety fears that stops normal women from getting on bikes". Take note the young influential teenage girl who may be reading this: if you don't wear high heels, you're not normal, ok?
The furore over Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah, and by extension the world, that he used performance enhancing drugs and blood doping to help him win his seven Tour de France titles, says more about the mass ignorance that surrounds the issue than it does about the integrity of Lance Armstrong.