First team All American, SEC defensive player of the year, team MVP, team leader. Now, Missouri defensive end has another title to his name; openly gay athlete. None of the four professional sports currently has an openly gay player amidst the ranks. Come April, after the NFL draft they will have one – Michael Sam. Projected as a linebacker in the NFL, Sam was viewed as a high draft pick. After he came out to the media on Sunday, his future is in doubt. One NFL executive has already stated that the NFL is not ready for an openly gay player. I think it is. The opinion of most NFL players is that a team mate’s orientation is not an issue, it’s what kind of player and team mate he is that counts. His peers at Missouri certainly didn’t seem to care; he came out to them last year, and was clearly a leader on an outstanding team with a ferocious defense. Michael Sam deserves to be drafted at the level that his talent and play indicate. He’s a tremendous player with football savvy, as well as a tough as nails demeanor. He’s going to be a hell of a player, and one of the 32 teams willing take a chance on him is going to be very grateful that they did. More importantly, he deserves a medal – a freaking medal of valor. He’s not only opening the closet door for himself; he’s kicking it down for other players who share his orientation. He’s a pioneer, he’s a hero. I will be following his career closely, and you can bet that I will become a fan of the team who drafts him.
Much love to you Michael Sam. You’re brave, as well as a true hero and role model. I wish you good luck and great success on this path that you’re your so valiantly embarking on.
For me, gender is not a defining factor in who or how I love. Although my partner is female, I define myself as Pansexual. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m already madly in love, I could easily see myself falling in love with a man, woman, or transgendered person. Like so many others in this world, I was born with the privilege of being able to love outside the box.
People can love me or hate me for it: They can call me a sinner, or a freak, or whatever they want- I simply don’t care. I am completely comfortable in my own skin, as is my partner, who is also Pansexual. Again, this is not a choice, this is the way I was born; this is who I am. This is who we all are.
It took many years for me to figure this out, and now that I understand, I couldn’t be happier about it. Nothing or nobody is going to take that away. I’m queer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Love and peace to y’all!
Did I just see rainbow smoke coming from the White House chimney? In an interview with ABC News Robin Roberts today, President Obama echoed the sentiments of Joe Biden ( without the off the wall Will & Grace comments):
OBAMA:”I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about. members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point
I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
The interview is scheduled to air tonight.
I must say, this is a pretty bold statement, considering the fact that it’s an election year. Hopefully, he’ll get another 4 years to back that statement up. As I stated in a previous post, it’s going to take a hell of a lot of work to get rid of DOMA, and finally bring about marriage equality on a federal level.
I hope Obama’s actions will be louder than his words.
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- Obama to give TV interview on gay marriage as speculation grows (guardian.co.uk)
- Half of Americans Support Legalizing Gay Marriage (newsy.com)
- North Carolina vote shows gay marriage still divisive (tbo.com)
- Is Barack Obama Poised to Announce that He Supports Gay Marriage Soon? (themoderatevoice.com)
Check out this exchange between Michele Bachman and Jane Schmidt, president of Waverly High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance:
JANE SCHMIDT: One of my main concerns is government support for the LGBT community. So my question is what would you do to protect GSAs in high school and support the LGBT community.
BACHMANN: Well, No. 1, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people’s preferences. We all have the same civil rights.
JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?
BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.
JANE SCHMIDT: Why can’t a man marry a man?
BACHMANN: Because that’s not the law of the land.
JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.
BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.
JANE SCHMIDT: So you won’t support the LGBT community?
BACHMANN: No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices. There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life. You’re an American citizen first and foremost and that’s it.
ELLA NEWELL, a junior at Waverly High School: Wouldn’t heterosexual couples, if they were given a privilege then, that gay couples aren’t, like given that privilege to get married, but heterosexual couples are given a privilege to get married?
BACHMANN: Remember every American citizen has the right to avail themselves to marriage but they have to follow what the laws are. And the laws are you marry a person of the opposite sex.
Once again, you have shown the country what a narrow minded, discriminatory ass hat you really are. For that you have earned the Obama Ear Scratch of The Week
By the way, your hubby is as gay as the day is long, and you are his beard. Accept it.
Jamie undertakes a 30 day experiment in which he gives up being gay. He undergoes many therapies and lifestyle changes, and rates their effectiveness from one to ten.
The article is not only hysterically funny, it also proves a point. You can’t change who you are, right down to sexual orientation. The faster you can accept that, the happier you’ll be! If only the Rick Santorums of the world would realize that.
- Duke Nukem Originally Had a Gay Robot Sidekick (escapistmagazine.com)
- You really, really, really don’t want to go to Russian prison (weinterrupt.com)
- Noisey.com Isn’t Sure If It Supports LGBTs Or Not. Does That Make Them Anti-Queer? (queerty.com)