Jason Collins is Gay and MUCH More

Jason-Collins-is-gay_-Image-via-@SInowProfessional Basketball Player Jason Collins came out of the closet this week,  I guess I should write about that.

I would suspect like most Americans, before his announcement I had never heard of Jason Collins, a hardworking guy who had used his talents with various organizations to help them succeed.  HHMMM, interesting.

Before hearing about Jason Collins coming out of the closet I never knew he was a twin to a heterosexual pro Basketball player, a guy who loves his parents and wanted to honor them with his actions and life. Now I do.

Before hearing about Jason Collins coming out, I never knew anything about him, I guess you could say, before his public announcement, I would have just assumed Jason Collins was a hardworking American who loved his family, his career and worked hard every day to make a difference.  Now I know he’s gay.

So now we know who Jason Collins is….he’s a hardworking American who loves his family, his career and works hard every day to make a difference…..oh, yeah he’s also gay.

Some call Jason Collins a hero, I understand that.  Because of his actions he has shown boys around the world that it is ok to be themselves,  excel in their chosen profession, honor their family, their employer and their country…. and be gay.

Jason Collins is a hero because he helps to shatter the stereotype of a limp-wristed, lisping queen.  Collins is a fouling, trash-talking center that isn’t afraid to fight for his team and victory.

In my view what makes Jason Collins a real hero is that he is a man, a hardworking man, a family man, a man who happens to be gay.

He is the first to make this announcement and hopefully he won’t be the last, hopefully those still to come will do so with the class and dignity of Jason Collins.

Hopefully one day, a professional athlete will come out and the reaction of the public will be…….. and……

When people are able to live their lives with grace, free of prejudice or stereotype, then, and only then, can we truly be a people who honors life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all our fellow-man.

Jason Collins is a hero, for many reasons, ONE of them is because he was the first professional athlete in a major team sport in the USA to come out as a gay man.

Short Notes… PB Post: Jury convicts second man in 2008 murder of popular Lake Park ice cream man

A conviction will never bring Fresnel Atilus back to his wife and seven children, however hopefully they will peace knowing that Justice was Served.

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Jury convicts second man in 2008 murder of popular Lake Park ice cream man

 By Daphne Duret

  Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH

A jury convicted a Riviera Beach man this evening of first degree murder in the 2008 killing of a popular Lake Park ice cream man.

Frank Collins, 21, is the second man convicted in the tragic shooting death of Fresnel Atilus, the beloved 32-year-old married father of seven.

Rescue workers had to pry open the back doors of Atilus’ colorful ice cream truck in a desperate attempt to save his life, prosecutors said.

But by then, the five gunshot wounds he suffered had already left him lifeless on the floor of his truck.

During the weeklong trial, Assistant State Attorney Aleathea McRoberts said Collins killed Atilus to either “to make a quick buck or to punish” the beloved 32-year-old married father of seven.

“It was brutal, and it was without justification,” McRoberts said in opening statements to jurors.

Collins’ defense attorney, Stephanie McQueen, told jurors that Atilus’ death was indeed a tragedy, but argued that prosecutors didn’t have any physical evidence linking Collins to the crime.

McQueen said there were inconsistencies in witness testimony, including an identification from one witness who said he saw Collins leaving the scene but failed to mention at all the pair of tattoos Collins has framing his face.

“In order for justice to be served, they have to have the right person,” McQueen said.

Collins is one of three men accused in Atilus’ December 2008 fatal shooting. The killing of Atilus, who left behind six children and a then-pregnant wife who couldn’t speak English, shocked the community and spurred an outpouring of donations from throughout the country.

In May 2010, a jury convicted 25-year-old Michael Murdock Jr. of first degree murder and attempted robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Murdock drove the getaway car after prosecutors say Collins and another unidentified man allegedly approached the service window of Atilus’s ice cream truck as if they were going to buy ice cream and then opened fire. Atilus’ assailants then ran to a nearby car driven by Murdock and sped off.

A third unidentified man, who police believe participated in the murder, fled to the Bahamas.

Atilus, who started driving the ice cream truck when he was laid off from his construction job, was blocks from his home on Foresteria Drive when he was attacked.

Atilus’ widow, Iranaise, had joined her husband from Haiti about a year before the shooting. She and several other relatives sat in court throughout the weeklong trial.