Michael Sam has come out as gay and the world gave a heavy sigh of relief. Actually the only hub bub is from players who think gay man can’t control themselves in a locker room with naked men.
My issue is why do these sports figures, actors, politicians, etc. feel the need to publicly proclaim their homosexuality?
I imagine the main reason is for themselves. At some point in their career they will be asked about a wife, girlfriend. Saying I work too much can only last so long. So they come out and suddenly no one cares who they are dating.
Another reason is because it helps people who are struggling with their own sexual identity to come to terms with who they are. I knew at a very young age that I was different. I didn’t know what it was until puberty but I knew that it was something I shouldn’t talk about.
I remember watching the news at this time. Always stories about the gay pride parades in New York and San Francisco. Of course the media picks up on the leather guys and the chicks with no shorts on and I remember my uncle saying, what a bunch of freaks. I thought to myself, am I one of those freaks? The first gay person I saw on TV was Harvey Milk.
I thought ok, maybe I wasn’t a freak. People like me did normal things. There was hope for me. LOL. Then he got shot and I thought how unfair. Of course as the years went by more people started coming out of the closet and being gay was more acceptable. I came to terms with who I was and realized we make our own path in life.
When you hear someone ask why it’s so important a celebrity proclaiming their homosexuality, tell them some kid somewhere is watching and has realized they aren’t alone. We forget because we are so into our lives that not everyone lives the way we do. There are plenty of people still struggling with who they are. Maybe one of these celebrity stories will help them through.