CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race and gay rights.

Why you should listen

LZ Granderson is no ordinary sports columnist. The scope of his work and interests reaches well beyond the world of athletics into race, politics, and gay and lesbian issues. Granderson was first hired at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a home design writer, but with his passion for sports it wasn’t long before he became the lead writer for the paper’s entertainment section, where he made a name as a sportswriter. (Meanwhile he also ran a gay bar in Atlanta.) In 2003 ESPN The Magazine hired Granderson as a freelance writer, and in 2004 he became an NBA editor. Today Granderson continues his work at the Magazine and is a columnist for ESPN.com’s Page 2 and CNN.com.

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Quotes from LZ Granderson

I would like to think that I have proven to be a capable father. But if I were to go to the state of Michigan today and try to adopt a young person who is in an orphanage, I would be disqualified for only one reason — because I'm gay.
LZ Granderson
TEDxGrandRapids • 1M views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Courageous
When you hear the words ‘gay lifestyle’ and ‘gay agenda’ in the future, [look] to your left, look to your right. That person next to you is a brother, is a sister. And they should be treated with love and respect.
LZ Granderson
TEDxGrandRapids • 1M views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Courageous
This is the gay agenda: equality. Not special rights, but the rights that are already written by [our Founding Fathers].
LZ Granderson
TEDxGrandRapids • 1M views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Courageous