Michael Sam: Gay Stigma in Sports
Will Homosexuality Ever Be Normal?
According to CNN.com, the reactions to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on television have been varied, but the most negative statements have come from athletes such as Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones.
What's with the "cooties" reaction? With the acknowledgement of same-sex partnership spreading throughout the states, why is the reaction to homosexuality still so strong? Is it the choice to be gay or the public display of affection that provokes this reaction?
The New Normal
Remember that show that attempted to integrate the imagery of a homosexual family into the mainstream imagery of television? Well, not only did it not get picked up for a second season, it reinforced some pretty sad stereotypes about the homosexual man. There are many places in media for the gay man, but none of them show his relationships in a more serious light. The gay man in media is a flamboyant butt of the joke who can do hair, decorate a home, wear women's clothing and makeup, etc.
A Love of Our Own
The Way It Is
Although there are a lot more resources for those who define themselves as gay, bisexual, transgendered or transexual, the idea of these groups being accepted as a permanent part of society is a slow growing one. It seems to be ok to be gay as long as it is private. The idea of homosexuality being openly confirmed seems to be more of an issue than anything else. Perhaps one day the lifestyle will be accepted. As long as there is a stigma attached to the brazen honesty of homosexual men, the consequences of clandestine acts of homosexuality (such as disease and the destruction of heterosexual families) will continue at an alarming rate. We should allow people to live their respective truths.