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Michael Sam: Gay Stigma in Sports

Updated on May 12, 2014
Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after receiving the news of being drafted by the Rams.
Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after receiving the news of being drafted by the Rams. | Source

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

Maybe America isn't ready to have the reality of gay marriage shoved in her face.
Maybe America isn't ready to have the reality of gay marriage shoved in her face. | Source

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.

The Kiss That Changed the Game

Queens Among Men

Two renowned Atlanta hairstylists talk fashion on the hit Bravo series "Fashion Queens"
Two renowned Atlanta hairstylists talk fashion on the hit Bravo series "Fashion Queens" | Source

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I am not a fan either to be honest.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Public or publicly shown displays of affection are garbage. Garbage for heteros and garbage for homosexuals. A peck of affection is one thing but engrossed sensual kissing and the like for display is just plain strange.