Via The New Civil Rights Movement reports:
Last October, Orlando Cruz, the man they call “The Phenomenon”, became the first professional boxer to publicly come out as gay. He said breaking the news to his family was difficult. Orlando recalls that he cried, and his mother cried, and when she told him she didn’t care, he was her son and she loved him, he cried even harder. But announcing his sexual orientation to the world was a much more difficult decision that took months of mental preparation. Said Orlando of the process, “I have been living with this thorn inside me. I wanted to take it out of me so I could have peace within myself.”
For the two weeks after his announcement, Orlando walked on eggshells, unsure of the reception he would receive from fans and fellow boxers. “Boxing is difficult, because it’s so macho.” Orlando worried. But when Orlando stepped into the ring for the first time since coming out, facing Jorge Pazos in a WBO title elimination bout, he was greeted by cheering fans waving flags from Orlando’s native Puerto Rico. “I was very happy that they respect me.” Orlando said after the match. “That’s what I want — them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word.”
“I wanted to tell you how much I need you and how much I miss you. Know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all you are always there giving me that push that I need. Now more than ever that I have an important fight coming up for the World Championship, I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my life. I am a little nervous, but I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends if you want to marry me. I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours.”.
Rumor has it Jose said yes.