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Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz comes out as 'a proud gay man'

From Blabbeando blog:

Orlando Cruz, a professional boxer from San Juan Puerto Rico (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former Olympian and currently ranked No. 4 Featherweight by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), is announcing today that he ”Is a proud gay man.”

Cruz is the first openly gay man in boxing history.  “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” said Cruz.  “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.”

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I'm writing to say that i am particualarly happy with this story. About five years ago I wrote a short story about a gay boxer coming out. It's called,"Not your average Queen". At the time i was told that my story wasn't real,or maybe i should of used an UFC fighter instead. I am a great fan of boxing,and for me it will always be the number one fighting sport. I myself used to box a long time ago,so that's why I felt that i was able to write such a story. I am also gay and not your average queen.

I was hopeing to send my story to Mr. Cruz to see if he liked it,but I can't find any contact info. Maybe you guys can help with that. Other than that I am trying to figure out if my story now has more validity,or if it is shot down because it's now old news. What ever the case I think this is a great day for sports. It proves that anyone can be a champion.


This is great. We love to see people comfortable standing up and proud of who they are. I hope he receives the support he deserves.

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