Michael Irvin takes a stand for gay rights

Michael Irvin is taking a stance for a cause we have not heard him speak up for in the past.

The Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys appears shirtless on the cover of the latest men’s magazine Out and inside he discusses his passion for equality for gay men.

ESPN Dallas found the story in which Irvin details how his relationship with his gay brother Vaughn has driven him to push the issue publicly. Vaughn died of stomach cancer in 2006, and Irvin first learned his brother was homosexual in the 1970’s when he began wearing women’s clothing. Irvin claims that experience led to some of his womanizing behavior and poor choices he’s made at times.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said in the Out article. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."

Irvin credits his father for helping shape his views today.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

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