I came across this video that went viral last week but since I was busy hanging with my buddy Erik it totally slipped by me so I just saw it today. It's a Texas sports newsman giving his thoughts on the first openly gay player in the NFL. Of course from the title I assumed the worse, he's an older white gentleman from Texas so I figured it was going to be a rant but instead it was the eloquently put piece on how the NFL has no issue with murderers, drug abusers and men who beat women but for some reason has an issue with one of the most talented up an comers in football being gay. If you haven't seen the video it's a must see.
I'm glad that this guy is getting some national notoriety for his comments. Ellen had him on her show a few days later and he's just as humble as can be. You can find that video on youtube as well.
I also came across a Dear Abby article that was gay related "Couple New To Florida Aren't Happy With Gay Neighbors" Abby rocked it with her response... I copied and pasted the article below.. but you can check out he original post HERE.
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors' social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay -- one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!
Abby, we moved here from a conservative community where people were pretty much the same. If people were "different," they apparently kept it to themselves. While I understand the phrase "when in Rome," I don't feel we should have to compromise our values just to win the approval of our neighbors. But really, who is the true bigot here? Would you like to weigh in? -- UNHAPPY IN TAMPA
DEAR UNHAPPY: I sure would. The first thing I'd like to say is that regardless of what you were told in your previous community, a person's sexual orientation isn't a "lifestyle choice." Gay people don't choose to be gay; they are born that way. They can't change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual.
I find it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment.
From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do. But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don't blow it.
I spent the evening hanging out with buddy Erik via Skype. As we were celebrating his five years of being cancer free. We enjoyed a beer together and watched some Geek and Sundry's "Table Top".
Of course I would have liked to have celebrated with him in person but since that wasn't possible this was the next best thing.
Congrats my friend on reaching that wonderful milestone. Here's to your good health and a long and very happy life.. you deserve it.