- November 18, 2013
Boxer Orlando Cruz married his boyfriend, José Manuel Colón, in New York’s Central Park this weekend.
The ceremony was officiated by New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Cruz became the first openly gay professional boxer when he came out a year ago.
"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,” Cruz said at the time.
Earlier this year, Cruz was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
HRC congratulates Cruz and Colón!