Not to be outdone by Darren Young coming out of the closet, boxer Orlando Cruz announced that he has proposed to his boyfriend Manuel. He revealed his engagement on Facebook, which you can read below (it was translated from Spanish to English)
“Through the ups and downs we’ve had, you’ve always been there for your number, as one says. I’m a little bit nervous, but that aside, I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends that if you want to marry me?
“I want you to be part of my life and me part of your life, and it’s what I want to do most, is to do this. It is an important step in my life, a step that I think we have thought out and I want to do. I want to share my life with you and want to be with you always, and support you 100 percent, and you support me 100 percent. I like you a lot, I love you and I look forward to your answer.”
It didn't take long for Manuel to respond:
Within the hour, Cruz had a response. In a 44-second video also posted to Facebook, Jose Manuel responds with a teary “yes.”
“I want to tell you, yes, I do accept and would like to marry you, because I love you,” he begins. “I’m a bit emotional. I didn’t expect (pause) to find your proposal (giggle) posted to Facebook,” he says shrugging.
Everyone needs thatl ove and unconditional support, and congrats are definitely in order for Orlando and Manuel. May you two have continued happiness and success with everything you do, because it's not easy for sports players to be themselves in a world bombarded with false machismo. With guys like Orlando and Darren being themselves, I hope soon it won't be a big deal when gay people of all walks of life come out in the public eye.