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Shocking News!

Rarely have I been proud to live in Texas. But I am today. Please watch this video to see why:

Transcript, because I had to:

"And then yesterday, Missouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam, the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year, and expected to be a third to fifth round pick in the NFL draft tells the world he's gay. The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really? That is shocking. And I guess that other thing is too. Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. Says he knows there will be problems and they've already started. Several NFL officials telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn't be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world. You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots, you're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk. That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes, we know they're welcome. Players accused or rape and pay the woman to go away. You lie to police trying to cover up a murder, we're comfortable with that, You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far. It wasn't that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn't play in our games because it would be uncomfortable. And even when they finally could, it would took several more years before a black man played quarterback, because we weren't comfortable with that, either. So many of the same people who used to make that argument, and the many who still do, are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives, but then want government in our bedrooms. I've never understood how they feel comfortable laying claim to both sides of that argument. I'm not always comfortable when a man tells me he's gay. I don't understand his world. But I do understand that he's part of mine. Civil rights activity Audre Lorde said, 'It is not our differences that divide us, but our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.' We've always been able to recognize them. Some of us accept them. And I want to believe that there will be a day when we do celebrate them. I don't know if that day's here yet. I guess we're about to find out. But when I listen to Michael Sam, I do think it's time to celebrate him now."

Dale (and WFAA), you have my utmost support. Thank you.

I could write many more words on this subject, but Dale has already said them well enough. Suffice to say that you can send you support of this message to @dalehansen, @wfaachannel8, and @MikeSamFootball if you so choose, and as I said on Twitter, haters need not apply.

Oh, and PS, just for fun: I'm straight. I've played football on an all-woman team, and several of my teammates were lesbians. We all used the same locker room. It's really not a big deal, folks.



Feb. 16th, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
First three paragraphs: exactly.

Fourth and fifth: well, yes, a conversation between two people, but that happens with people one doesn't know as well as people one does.

Sixth: sorry, but I call BS. No one, absolutely no one, doesn't prejudge. I would like to think I don't, and like you, I have met people of all stripes and got on fine with them. I often joke that the only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance. Global nomad an all that due to my military brat upbringing. I'll talk to anyone, much to the chagrin of some that I know. But I'm not naive enough to believe I don't prejudge the guy in the Duck Dynasty shirt with the beer gut and the tobacco in his mouth who smells of liquor at noon on Tuesday as a redneck. I might be wrong, and I'm willing to take the chance that I am and talk to him and he might be a great guy, but I don't for one second believe I looked at him originally without any bias at all. That doesn't exist, even in the most open and best of minds.


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