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“Why is this news?”

This is a typical, go-to response to news of both Jason Collins’ revelation of who he is, who he likes and loves, and who he has signed to play basketball with. Jason Collins is a basketball player, and it’s nobody’s business who he holds hands with off the court, so why is this news?

The issue here is that “why is this news?” is the new homophobia.

What the “why is this news?” community tends to forget is that there are millions of children, teenagers who have nary a clue about what to do with themselves and don’t know how they fit in, that need to know that they’re just fine. That they’re normal. That liking who they like and eventually loving who they love is normal, and that these normal recognitions are not news.

And that this is why it’s just fine that public figures – even a fringe NBA player on a 10-day contract – should be acknowledging their likes and loves. And why it’s just fine that this is “news.”