Dennis Rodman February 20, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NBA great Dennis Rodman is honored for being selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team during halftime in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As LGBTQ Pride Month continues, many cities across the country held their Pride celebrations. And one big name was in attendance for the annual Pride parade in Houston on Sunday: Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.

Dennis Rodman posted on Instagram about his appearance at the Pride parade, sharing a picture of himself in a short plaid skirt with a caption that read “Love will Always win. Happy Pride.”

After he received some negative words in the comments section of the post, Rodman shared a message to his critics with a post on his stories that showed various photos of Rodman during the prime of his NBA career wearing a wedding dress and other stereotypically feminine outfits that many saw as controversial at the time.

“Do your research guys,” Rodman wrote on his Instagram story. “#beenhim.”

Rodman is right in that he has long supported the LGBTQ community. Back in 1995, he posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated in drag. And he revealed that he received plenty of praise from the LGBTQ community for that move.

“They didn’t know the fact that when [they] shot that cover for the Sports Illustrated that that was the best-selling Sports Illustrated ever,” Rodman told Business Insider in 2019. “And then the gay community started to reach out to me and said, ‘Wow, we never knew that our community can be represented like that in sports.’ And people didn’t know at the time that I was doing that.”

In that same interview, Rodman speculated that 10-20% of players in the NBA could be gay.

[Business Insider]