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Welcome out, Orlando Cruz

Timothy Kincaid

October 4th, 2012

Boxer Orlando Cruz has announced that he’s gay: (espn)

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” Cruz said in a statement after taping a spot on a Telemundo show, which will air Monday. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

Five reasons why this is great:

1. Cruz is still competing in his sport. He has a fight on the 19th.

2. Cruz is no minor player. He was a 2000 Olympian (for Puerto Rico) and is currently WBO Latino featherweight champion.

3. Cruz’ official announcement will be Monday on Telemundo.

4. Cruz is doing this on his own accord and (as best I can tell) not as the result of some scandal.

5. If you have a problem with his orientation, that’s too bad. Cruz is tougher than you and can kick your ass.

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woulfe
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

“If you have a problem with his orientation, that’s too bad. Cruz is tougher than you and can kick your ass.”

Satire meets real life:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/mom-and-dad-im-gay-and-also-stronger-than-both-of,21017/

Blake
October 5th, 2012 | LINK

I liked the way he tied it to his Latino heritage in his coming out; it think something like “I am proud to have been and always have been Latino & I’m proud to have been and always have been a gay man” except better polished.

Priya Lynn
October 5th, 2012 | LINK

Funny, he doesn’t look gay.

Enrique
October 5th, 2012 | LINK

The interview will air Saturday October 6th on Telemundo’s “Titulares Telemundo” news show.

It airs at 11pm/10c or after the local news.

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