Tag Archives: Michael Pinto dos Santos

A Brave Man Takes A Stand

17 May

Rick Welts, President and CEO, of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns has made a choice to live his live openly. His story (and the heartbreaking effects his closeted life took on him) was chronicled in this Sunday’s New York Times. I thought it was appropriate  to share his journey on the International Day Against Homophobia. I hope that brave men like Rick Welts, Gareth Thomas, Michael Pinto dos Santos, Anton Hysen, John Amaechi, Steven Davies and Ian Roberts will inspire others to come out and pave the way towards a sports world where people can be free to be who they are.

Brazilian Fans Fighting Back Against Homophobia

15 Apr

Wa-tishista! J-9 brought this story to my attention and it’s very timely. Last week, Michael Pinto dos Santos, a middle blocker for Brazilian volleyball teamVôlei Futuro was subjected to homophobic chants during a Superliga semifinal match (as chronicled over at Volleywood). Michael did not respond to the taunts but admitted later that it was very traumatic for him. It also made him feel that he had no choice but to come out publicly. He said “I’m gay. Everyone knows who I am. My team fully respects my sexuality. I have been playing for 10 years and everyone has treated me well and fair. I do not feel the need to let everyone know about my sexuality” 

So the poor guy was forced into outing himself and what happened afterward? I’m happy to say an enormous showing of support for Michael from a community shocked by what had happened. Go on over to Asterisk and read how they turned this past Saturday’s semifinal into a day of support for Michael, with banners, shirts and more. It did my heart good to see both the team and the fans taking a stand. The pictures are just wonderful.