Josh Dixon comes out

Josh Dixon has decided to tell the world he is gay. My question for you is, Who the hell cares?

You don’t see straight people coming out telling the world they are straight. Why did Josh feel the need to tell the world he is gay?

If we as human beings are ever going to accept each other the way we are articles like this should never happen. Josh being gay is a part of him. Just like me being straight is a part of me but it doesn’t make me special and it doesn’t make me better than anyone else. It isn’t something that should be announced to the world. It should just be.

If you take offense to me writing this blog that is your right but the point I am trying to make is that Josh being gay doesn’t matter to me and it shouldn’t matter to you.



26 Responses to “Josh Dixon comes out”

  1. Sandy Says:

    I agree. Why take this moment (as you’re facing nationals/Trials in an Olympic year in a major sport) to announce that; people should notice you for your talent not your sexual preference.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Maybe he did it for the attention? (Not be gay but come out) I bet NBC will show him now. Being gay is in these days. Concerning the media. MY opinion is this is something that he is and it should be no more of a discussion as anyone being straight.

    • Shawn Fan! Says:

      Okay, don’t hate y’all but I’ve been in an uber cynical mood – would this guy claiming he’s gay perhaps increase his chances of getting on the team?
      Head coach of USA men’s gymnastics: “we need to diversify our team and have a gay member dammit! this guy is in!”

  2. JAS4 Says:

    Yeah I don’t get what that has to do with trying to make the Olympic team if he wants to tell his family and friends he is gay then whatever but why make a media spectacle

  3. Marcus Says:

    Well, the reason STRAIGHT people don’t tell the world they’re straight is because most people assume everyone is straight unless they are told otherwise. Don’t hold Dixon responsible for that.

    I don’t think Josh thought for five seconds that anyone would care. He’s just telling his story…he would do the same if he survived cancer or that his brother is a Senator from California. It’s just another part of an athlete’s story. If we can deal with Tim Tebow’s religion, Tiger Woods’ marital issues and World Peace’s propensity for craziness, I think we can handle a small story about an athlete coming to terms with his sexual orientation.

    Plus, people like Dixon here really do inspire his peers to come out and be themselves. There’s nothing wrong being gay, so what’s wrong with talking about it?

    Yes, he told a reporter, it’s not like he’s Brad Pitt. He didn’t tell the world and most of the world won’t even know this story. It’ll get some play on a few sports and gay leaning sites and most will forget about it by the end of the week.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      My point is that no one should care he is gay. What we should care about is what kind of human being he is. Him being gay is a non issue.Until it is a non issue nothing will change.

      • Marcus Says:

        Who said anyone cared if he was gay? It was a blip in a larger story about him having a game-changing comeback performance and his life in general. The story talked about his adoption, living in a multi-cultural household, and yes, that’s he’s gay. Things will change, because these stories will become so commonplace that yes, it will become a non-issue. And since his sexual orientation isn’t really much of an issue in his life at this point, there’s no reason to keep mum, especially given the circumstances of overall story written on him and his triumph at the Qualifier.

    • Sandy Says:

      The bigger piece of Josh’s story is him as an athlete, and what it took for him to get there (being at the top of his sport). I guess his thing is being gay is an adversity, but I don’t feel that it’s that way anymore – not in today’s world, and especially in places like California, and especially in the sport of gymnastics. And that’s a good thing. Other parts of this country need to figure it out, but at least you can “come out” and not be ridiculed or bullied – for the most part. I feel like being an athlete of his caliber and using that media spotlight to portray your sexual preference is somewhat selling yourself short. But that’s just my opinion.

      I think gymtruthteller is right on this one.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        What do you mean “on this one” 🙂 I am always right.

        Him coming out doesn’t hurt anyone and it might help someone else deal with it so it isn’t a bad thing but IMO it’s a non issue.

      • Sandy Says:

        LOL well I haven’t really significantly disagreed with you yet on anything…I still have some hopes for Gabby Douglas though and I didn’t super hate Kim Zmeskal, but on everything else, we’re pretty much eye to eye. 🙂

      • Marcus Says:

        Being gay is still an adversity, Sandy. If it weren’t, the other athlete Dixon is dating would be out also…most people in sports would be out. He’ll be fine in gymnastics, sure, but if he were in Football, or Baseball, it would present an issue for some. I don’t think he sold himself short, I think he told his story and it was handled actually quite well. A young kid will read his story and see that an adopted guy, who’s black and come out as gay and is succeeding in sports and the world hasn’t come to a screeching halt–that is a good thing. Dixon is doing something most people can’t. He’s leading the charge, and some time in the future, gymtruthteller will get their wish…it will be the most non-issue of non-issues…

  4. Exgymgurl Says:

    Basically by putting it out there and being the first elite male gymnast to do so, he makes it okay for young boys that have a difficult time accepting themselves. Also, by taking the rumor innuendo out and not hiding it, it becomes a ” non issue”. Like Suzanne Youclan and the GA trustee she lives with that’s married to someone else. She’s open about it and her openness deflects the negativity. Him being open about it also makes it a positive for him and shows his journey and strength of character. He shouldn’t have to come out, it shouldn’t be a big deal but unfortunately in some segments of society it still is. Olympics are about peaceful friendly international competition. I like him not lying about who he is, honesty is always best, although I have no idea about his gymnastics because I don’t follow men’s… Let’s face it the women are getting to where they have better vaults.

  5. Troy Says:

    It’s a big deal because kids still get bullied and commit suicide because our society says gays are second class citizens, going to hell, and worthy of violence. You can say in theory “wouldn’t it be great if we were all just human…” but it’s 2012. The only way to prove gay people are human is by putting human, real faces to their lives.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Non gay kids kill themselves too. I wish people would stop separating everyone.

      I disagree Troy. If we value life as a whole and treat everyone the same way without separating into groups the world would be a better place.

      Maybe the difference is people like you only seem to care about the gay kids being bullied and killing themselves where I personally care about everyone.

      • kate r Says:

        I completely agree! I read some report about how many straight kids, African American kids and Hispanic kids are killing themselves daily and don’t get any attention whatsoever. The REAL problem here is that MANY KIDS these days are feeling the only way out is to take their lives.

    • dd Says:

      There is only one race. The human race. It is 2012. It’s time that we stand together and fix what needs to be fixed. 1 human being at a time.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        WELL said dd. Sadly I don’t think the world works that way. Too many crazy peeps.

  6. Moi Says:

    I’d like to know who our lesbian gymnasts are…

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I don’t think we should out anyone. If someone chooses not to tell the world they are gay that is their right.

      • nero Says:

        Seriously, that is one of the many reason I hate Perez Hilton. He says he stands for gay rights and equality then goes around outing people.

  7. Rob Ferguson Says:

    Fuck you. “I don’t see straight people coming out as straight”. Bitch, I read your blog because I enjoy you being bitchy, not stupid.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Do me a favor. Don’t read my blog. I think it is stupid to act like you matter more because you are something that is beyond your control. Just because he is gay doesn’t mean he deserves more. SAME concerning me being straight. If I was to say I deserve more rights than you because I am straight you would be whining like a baby. Bye.

    • terri3975 Says:

      Rob I probably agree more with you than gymtruthteller on this issue but I don’t see the need to be personal and nasty about it.

    • Sandy Says:

      There are so many realms of adversity that people battle on a daily basis. More credit is given for some than for others. Whatever. I don’t see anything negative about broadcasting your sexual preference anymore; at one point it cost people their careers, their hobbies, even their lives. Anymore it’s becoming so common it’s just not “newsworthy” enough for it to be the main focal point of one’s being.

      Nobody should really care “what” you are; we should really focus on “who” you are as a person. As someone who just comes onto a website and verbally bashes others for expressing an opinion, maybe you (Rob) should consider who you are as a person before pointing fingers anywhere else. Everyone should be entitled to their opinions, and thank goodness the US still (somewhat) boasts free speech so we can share them with others.

  8. Dee Says:

    This stood out to me: “But he’s come to embrace it, and he says his sexual orientation now makes him stand out more at the elite level. … ”

    Will it? I mean, at the end of the day when I watch gymnastics the last thing I am interested in is their sexual orientation…has nothing to do with how they perform their routines. Will this “help” him at all?

    I originally found out about this through a “bullying” campaign, so I think it was more for helping others going through what he went through, instead of making it gain him more attention on the elite scene. Just my opinion though!

  9. terri3975 Says:

    Personally not being gay I have a difficult time criticizing a gay woman or man for deciding to come out publicly about it since I haven’t walked in their shoes. So I am willing to give Josh Dixon the benefit of the doubt on this. Now if he starts using it as an excuse to always bring attention to himself, I am going to have a bigger problem with it. Right now though I don’t have an issue with it.

    I agree with those one here who have said outing another is wrong. I have no tolerance for that. It’s just mean and cruel.

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