*NOW. This being said, let's all just marinate in the fact that I've only mentioned MALE athletes here, and that professional female athletes had come out long before Collins. Where we need some more progress of course is recognizing that women are anywhere near as important as men when it comes to the sporting arena, and there is something very telling about being left out of the conversation all together. But with these strides, who knows? The changing face of who gets to be recognized as a legitimate and valuable athlete may be coming around to include more than straight males.