Saturday, February 22, 2014

NFL Butt-Patting; Coretta Scott King on Gays

NFL Butt-Patting

You wouldn't think this would ever make news, not in a million years. But retired NFL player, Greg Ellis, has concerns about how it might be received if gay football player, Michael Sam, pats someone on the butt the way football players tend to do that all the time...Ellis made this comment without even realizing the homoerotic undertones related to butt-patting the rest of us have always wondered about.

'If he pats somebody on the butt, how is that to be received?' Ellis said.

The former player, knowing he was stepping into controversial territory, remarked that ESPN might not have him back for what he was saying. But he plunged ahead anyway.

'If he said, "Come on baby?" I called guys baby all the time on the football field, but when you have taken a stand and went and go public and say that, "I am gay," how is that going to be received?'

It devolves from there. There's no mention of Ellis possibly having an IQ in the double digits. Or, how lucky he was to have received such privilege in life.

You can read more here.

Coretta Scott King on Gays

In another article that mentions Michael Sam as a pioneer, the writer gets into the things Coretta Scott King did as a gay activist I didn't even know about until now.

Here's what she said at a gay rights rally:

I wanted to join you today to affirm my wholehearted support for freedom from discrimination for lesbian and gay people. It is vitally important for African Americans, lesbians and gay people, the women's rights movement, to work together in multicultural coalitions. We share a critical interest in the election of candidates who will support and protect human rights. We share a concern about candidates who hope to win votes by bashing gay and lesbian people and pandering to the irrational fears and ignorance of the constituents. I want to assure you that I will continue to support you in your efforts to rid our country, and the nation, of all forms of bigotry, racism, sexism and homophobia. So we can create a society where all people can live together with respect, tolerance and a new spirit of hope and opportunity. With this commitment, together, We Shall Overcome.

This really is all about human rights, not just gay rights. As long as there are people ready to discriminate, and some in the name of God and religion, we'll never be free of injustice. And last I heard it's supposed to be "and justice for all."

You can read more here.

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