I say grow some balls and cut it all off. be different.
This quote sticks.
This week, pro football player and LGBT rights activist Brendon Ayanbadejo told the Baltimore Sun that while there are no out gay athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB, as many as four football players could be coming out simultaneously sometime soon.
“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.
“Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It’s cool. It’s exciting. We’re in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We’ll see what happens.”
Zam, I really hope this happens soon. What a huge day that will be.
I would love for this to happen!
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But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
What the fuck does it matter?
It matters because growing up, we’re told we will be attracted to the opposite sex when we’re older, and all of our education and socialisation covers only this possibility.
It matters because it promotes the idea that straightness is normal, and in contrast, queerness is not. Feeling like you’re not normal is obviously not good for mental health and general wellbeing. “The LGBTI community reports higher levels of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems with evidence suggesting they are 3.5 to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general community.“ (Butler, 2011)
It matters because 26% of LGBTQ youth are kicked out of their homes when they come out.
It matters because this, among other reasons, is why between 20 and 40% of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ.
On top of this, it matters because coming out is an uncomfortable, awkward, and potentially terrifying experience. In our current society, coming out as queer means having to face the possibility of losing friends, family, your home, or even your life, and the fact that queer people have to go through this while straight people are safely assumed to be straight is a huge injustice.