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Despite NFL players coming out, many gays still fighting for rights

Published: Wed, March 12, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Despite NFL players coming out, many gays still fighting for rights

The past few weeks have been an eye opener for Hollywood and the National Football League. These two organizations are a huge source of entertainment in the United States. But the NFL and Hollywood have not been without their socially administered stereotypes.

Both convey strong images of masculinity in their exhibitions. Hollywood contains a few more explosions and car chases but has still administered its fair dose of misogyny.

Michael Sam and Ellen Page are both highly talented individuals within their field of specialty. Both have also recently revealed their true sexual identities. The two exist within communities that have dealt with sexual orientation in a number of unaccepting ways.

Page and Sam stand on a ground of prominence. It gives me hope for the future that the NFL and Hollywood will be more accepting of actors and athletes and their sexual orientation. Seeing these two being true and braving the storm will surely inspire others to follow.

Turning the pages of The Vindicator recently, I found an article that dampened my mood slightly. The article written about a Ugandan tabloid that listed its “top 200 gays” was quite alarming. Living in a nation dealing with social change, existing among and within it. has narrowed my perception. To think that just across the ocean human beings are being persecuted for loving another. It is frustrating.

I took the recent string of public-figure acknowledgements and considered them victories. They are, but many triumphs must follow. Acknowledge the positive motions, but do not forget about the task at hand. There is still a considerable amount of work to do.

William Ludt, East Palestine


1tnmartin(425 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

an obviously self-destructive behavior that afflicts less than 2 per cent of the population is deviant just by definition. And "love" has nothing to do with the matter. "Lust" is a better term. Nor is the word "gay" an accurate term for the homosexual acts or behavior. So let's stop debasing the meaning of the language, ok?
Go hang around an AIDS clinic sometime, as I have. And tell me that it's a wonderful way to live. That would be a lie. And lies, and bad behavior have consequences.

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2tnmartin(425 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

last I heard, there was not big movement to enable people to "marry" their goat. In Yemen perhaps, but not here. Yet.
OF COURSE there are heterosexuals who are actively seeking a "meaningful overnight relationship", it seems to be the emphasis on the "meat market" bars here and elsewhere. What color of ribbon are we expected to wear to support another "sleazy behavior celebration movement"? Most of them are already taken, or are these to be striped or polka-dot perhaps?
No, not only homosexuals have AIDS. But homosexuals are HEAVILY over-represented in the population with AIDS or HIV. And I think you'll find, upon investigation, that most persons with active cases have either contracted it from a same-sex partner or from a partner who either has a history of such or whose other partners have. It's not really a secret, it's just partly obscured by weirdness by which the CDC classifies certain behaviors not as homosexuality between two males, but as "MSM", translating as Men having Sex with Men. Somehow the one is offensive, while the other is deemed OK.
It is also not helpful that, while you rarely hear it admitted, the rate of sexual promiscuity in the homosexual community as a rule (yes there are exceptions, I know a few) is enormously greater than any heterosexual "meat market" swingers might dare hope for. Lasting relationships are by no means the rule and most people in the field know it.
The result is a cascade of a disease vector, and yes, it does get into the innocent. Have seen it up close. Not pretty.
And my original point stands. Homosexual behavior is destructive to the individuals involved and to the society as a whole. The temptation will always be there for some, just as an urge to steal is for others. We don't approve of those who give in to the temptation to do one, and need not approve of the other either. We certainly do not need to enable it, and we don't need to celebrate it either.

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3atpotts95(3 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Good job on bringing to light an obviously sensitive topic. I agree with you that what is going on in Uganda is quite disturbing, as well as what almost happened in Arizona before their anti-homosexuality bill was vetoed. Sometimes people react to sensitive topics with feelings of hatred instead of an educated opinion, and judge others instead of letting them live their life the way they see fit. Unfortunately those who judge are the one's that do not know what it's like to be judged. I commend you for making your well thought out view on this matter public.

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4justinwier(2 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Conflating homosexuality with thievery is intellectually dishonest. In the case of theft, one person is taking something from another without their consent. In the case of homosexuality, both parties consent to the behavior.

Homosexuals are not forcing their lifestyle down your throat, nor are they indoctrinating our children (In fact, you could find many examples of homosexual couples raising straight children). They merely want to exist in society without being denied opportunities that are available to others. It is a civil rights issue.

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5bjorr(1 comment)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The fight against homosexuality is something that 20 years down the road is something that will look as ridiculous as the race issue that was prominent from the 1960s and earlier. Why should it matter what orientation, race, or nationality you are? In the grand scheme of things, does it make you a better person than someone else? No, it doesn't.

Both Sam and Page should be applauded for what they did. If we truly want America to be the "land of the free", then it is about time we opened up those rights to the LGBT community. Caucasian-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and so on, have the same rights, so why can't the LGBT community have the same rights as the straight? Come on America.

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6jlatch(2 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you for sharing your beliefs and being so noble. If people think these two men are the only homosexuals in the NFL they are sadly mistaken. These men did what's best for them and took a stand knowing that they were looked highly of in the masculine field of football and coming out may change many people's view of them. Great discussion.

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7wrludt(2 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't think I used any form of logic in this piece. This is a social issue. I doubt there is a unit of measurement pertaining to affection. If there is, perhaps I should have applied it and included it in this letter.
Anonymity sure does empower people.

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8karensbell08(2 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I completely agree with bjorr. The topic of homosexuality is going to look like the topic of race in 20 years.

This is an issue that is so blown up for no reason. It needs to be let go.

People need to realize that everyone is different. Whether it be who you are attracted to or some other characteristic that makes you unique.

There is no need to over dwell on personality traits that people carry when they are not hurting anyone else.

Let it go.

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9nickrock72(1 comment)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The amount of hatred and ignorance in this comment section is staggering. It's too easy to debase people struggling to be understood. These NFL players are champions of both athleticism and human rights. They strive for physical perfection just like any other professional athlete you may admire. These players command just as much respect as any other pro athlete for their physical ability, but also their courage for coming out - and I don't even follow the NFL.

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10jjbuckley(2 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Billy boy you are totally right. The fact that people still have a problem with homosexuals is ridiculous. People can try and say anything they want to condone what they say and how they act in regards to homosexuals. However, the fact is that people who are against homosexuals are people who just don't like gays and people who don't understand. So, homophobes, keep telling yourself whatever you need to so you don't have to realize your feelings are coming purely from a place of hate. Nice work Bill!

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