*In case there are those on the planet who don’t know this, and apparently there are, let’s be clear: wherever there are men, chances are good some of those men will be emotionally, physically and sexually attracted to other men.
Because these men have ambitions and jobs and careers, they, like everybody else, are everywhere. They’re in the military. They’re on construction sites and on the police force. They’re in the priesthood and at the fire station. They’re down on the farm. They’re in rock bands.
And they’re in the NFL. The players know it, the coaches know it; the NFL organization itself knows it.
Bull should not be unloved just because of his sexual preference!
*What is the world coming to?
We know the multitudinous task America has yet to do when it comes to all-things-equality. It’s 2014, and folks are still behaving badly and showing their ignorance when it comes to accepting people for who they are; what they believe, and who they decide to marry.
Now, to make sad matters even sadder, this prejudice has hit the animal world.
*An Internet backlash followed actress Raven-Symone’s coming out earlier this month, as Twitter users responded with 140-character claims that the news has ruined their childhood.
The hashtag #childhoodruined sprung up on tweets spreading the news, insinuating that the realization of the star’s sexuality somehow destroys the impact of her hit Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven” on their development.
Prior to Raven’s understated coming out via Tweet, speculation surrounding her sexuality was nothing new. Last year, fueled by a story published in The National Enquirer, rumors spiraled that Raven-Symone was in a relationship with AzMarie Livingston, a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”
Raven responded to the rumors via Twitter: “I’m living my PERSONAL life the way I’m happiest. I’m not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I’m dating. And I shall not start now.”
On Aug. 2, Symone tweeted: “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” It’s assumed the 27-year-old actress was referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn The Defense of Marriage Act back in June, which allows same same-sex marriages to be recognized by the Federal government.
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to School children before they harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden at the White House May 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady was joined by students from Somerville, Massachusettes, Knox County, Tennessee, Milton, Vermont, Washington, DC; and Union Beach and Ship Bottom, New Jersey.
*Michelle Obama refused to yield to a gay-rights protester who heckled her at a Democratic fundraiser in Washington on Tuesday. [Scroll down to listen]
Obama was 12 minutes into a planned 20-minute speech at a couple’s home when a woman standing at the front of the small crowd interrupted, demanding that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.
“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said before walking down from the lectern and approaching the protester, according to a pool reporter covering the event.
Mrs. Obama told the woman that people gathered in the backyard tent could “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving,” before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”
At that, the crowd began chanting for Obama to stay as one woman told the protester, “You need to leave.” The woman was escorted out, shouting that she was a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.”
Obama then returned to the lectern and finished her speech, getting loud applause as she did.
Those in attendance, apparently including the protester, had paid $500 to $10,000 for tickets to the event, which was held at the home of power couple Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer.
The heckler was identified as Ellen Sturtz, an activist with the GetEQUAL campaign group, which campaigns for lesbian and gay rights, by several media. Sturtz told The Washington Post that she was surprised by the first lady’s actions.
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”