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Boxer Orlando Cruz: I’m Gay

Fri, October 5, 2012 9:08am EDT by William Earl 1 Comment
Orlando Cruz Gay
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The Puerto Rican featherweight star has announced that he’s a ‘proud gay man’ — congratulations!

Boxer Orlando Cruz has come out — and he’s the first openly out athlete in the sport’s history!

Orlando, 31, released a statement on October 3 about his personal life, USA Today reports.

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” he said. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

Orlando was selected for the 2000 Puerto Rican Olympic Team in Sydney, and he’s on track to have a title shot this fall.

We’re so happy about this milestone. Congratulations to Orlando — what a great role model!

— William Earl

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