A. I didn't know the actively gay football player.........ummm......active football player who happens to be gay......is / was a republican. Had I known, I would have at least included that fact with a disclaimer. Hell, I might not even have posted it at all.
B. I am as guilty as anyone about not knowing the above story and facts. Had I known, I'd have posted about Sha'Carri Richardson instead of the football guy - who is probably no longer a tight end..................if you know what I mean. Perhaps now he is a wide receiver................if you know what I mean.
Of course there are a number of reasons the A story got the attention and not the B.
1. Well............track isn't football. Let's be honest, track & field doesn't really have the caché or dollars to control the media feed.
2. Sha'Carri is a woman.
3. Sha'Carri is black.
4. Sha'Carri is gay.
5. Sha'Carri is a black, gay woman.
It could be any combination of 2-4, but let's be frank: it's #5.
Unless you are number one in your sport (Simone Biles or Venus Williams.....no, not you Serena) or discuss mental health issues (Naomi Osaka) you basically do not get 'air time'. No doubt worse if you're gay.
So even in the gay sports world - it still is the white male who rules the roost. And that is a fucking shame.
Don't get me wrong - even I didn't know this or see it, so I am guilty of this too. It's time to be better.
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