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Big news on the LGBT rights front that seems to have slipped under the radar. The new collective bargaining agreement for the National Football League has successfully added the language "sexual orientation" to their non-discrimination policy.

Previous iterations of the agreement included protections for race, religion and other attributes but none for sexual orientation. 

It seems to be a rather overlooked story this far, props to Pete Olsen at Wide Rights for bringing it to light:

While the public focused on the major financial issues resolved in the new NFL collective bargaining agreement—revenue sharing, the salary cap, and a rookie wage scale—one change was the most newsworthy in my view: adding “sexual orientation” to the list of classifications protected from discrimination.

The language from the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement Article VII, Player Security, reads :

Section 1. No Discrimination: There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA.

The new language in the 2011 CBA, now moved to Article 49, reads:

Section 1. No Discrimination: There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA.

Can we thank the heroes of Prop 8 battle? Perhaps, more after the fold. 

Author Pete Olsen doesn't have any information on who is responsible for championing this inclusion but does speculate if it could be New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft a longtime LGBT ally. 

But the smoking gun is found, in my opinion, in his second guess: Prop 8 challenge champions Ted Olson and David Boies again squared off from opposite sides of the NFL bargaining table. (Boies with the owners and Olson with the players). It seems apparent both attorneys personally would have been in agreement about the inclusion. 

Whoever it was, it is welcome news. 

It is something of a head-scratcher that America has yet to see the coming out of an LGBT active-roster athlete in the NFL, MLB, NBA or the NHL.

But not so strange when one considers that any given player may not feel fully confident that the league will cover his back if he takes such a major step. It can be fine to secure the support of your immediate team and management, as say, Arizona Suns President and CEO Rick Welts did prior to coming out, but what happens if you get traded to a less friendly team and environment? You could be living in Hell. 

Now such a player has assurances to expect his performance on the field will be the standard by which he is judged, regardless who he plays for or where, and redress options if not. 

I was fortunate to be able to attend the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association convention in Philadelphia last month. 

One of the more interesting and informative panel discussions I attended was  The Out Field: Gay Sports Revolution. It was moderated by ESPN's LZ Granderson, and included panelists Steve Buckley, Jemele Hill, Joanna Lohman, Jeff McMillan, Brian Sims, Hudson Taylor. (As an aside, I saw Jared Max there and he really is dreamy!) 

The panelists, all well familiar with the professional sports world, felt confident that, in aggregate, a coming out would ultimately prove to be as anti-climatic as DADT repeal turned out to be. The fans, the game, the teams were ready. The panelists' confidence in the maturity and professionals of the players was absolutely unqualified. They, in fact, felt the stereotype of pro athletes as regressive, aggressive, stupid meatheads was not at all an accurate picture of the men they interviewed daily for their work. They all expressed great respect for the majority of the players. 

That discrimination protection has arrived (and without being prompted by a lawsuit) is an excellent confirmation of these journalists' instincts of the temptature of the atmosphere in the pro sports world. 

Consider too, we're seeing many pro teams stepping up to film "It Gets Better" videos. One can also look at the recent very lop-sided debate over marriage equality, which ironically culminated with perennial NHL rouge player and LGBT ally Sean Avery emerging looking like a hero. (Select observation to opponents on Twitter: "You might check yourself when Sean Avery stands on the moral high ground.")

The discrimination protection is in place, will a player avail himself of it?

The stage is set. Will a player soon step into the spotlight?

Hopefully, in the near future we'll have an LGBT role model in the pro sports world. We're a big step closer to the day.

Originally posted to Milk Men And Women on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:19 PM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and The Wide World of Sports.

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  •  Interesting (7+ / 0-)

    My guess is that this will have little practical effect for anyone in the league, but it sets up a good model for the rest of society.

    I still know basically nothing about football. . .

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:23:00 PM PDT

    •  Well, it sets a nice bar (13+ / 0-)

      for the NBA, MLB and NHL to shoot for. And could help with ENDA or calls to issue an executive order to government contractors.  

      I mean if the NFL can implement this can anyone reasonably argue it's too onerous or dangerous for their own company?!

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:26:39 PM PDT

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      •  Thankfully, we've pretty much won this battle (8+ / 0-)

        with corporate America. In all probability, most people believe that ENDA is already the law. We just have to make it so (and that means taking back the House).

        Ok, so I read the polls.

        by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:27:47 PM PDT

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        •  And convincing Democrats to do it (7+ / 0-)

          once we have put them back in charge. Not sure which is the more onerous task?

          "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:29:29 PM PDT

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          •  Regrettably, I think it's the former (6+ / 0-)

            But it is telling that we couldn't get this passed in 2009/10. I'm still at a bit of a loss to understand why. (Though I have a bit of an idea. . .)

            Ok, so I read the polls.

            by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:31:37 PM PDT

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            •  If anyone knows why it languished (7+ / 0-)

              and died on the vine after constant assurances to our community that a vote was imminent that person has not spoken up.

              "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

              by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:40:41 PM PDT

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              •  I think two things happened (4+ / 0-)

                First, the Dems in charge had no great impetus to do anything (they never do). Second, for internal political reasons (that were basically meritorious), we were unwilling to abandon the "inclusive" bill, and were distracted in our advocacy as a result.

                Ok, so I read the polls.

                by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 12:44:11 PM PDT

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                •  By which (s)he means that advocacy and lobbying (2+ / 0-)
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                  groups refused to dump the transgendered and Congress refused to pass it with them in. Congressman Frank didn't cover himself with glory in that battle, IIRC.

                  My personal philosophy is that if "non-discrimination" means "non-discrimination as long as you don't make anyone uncomfortable just by existing", then we don't need it.

                  A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow

                  by jayjaybear on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 02:42:08 PM PDT

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                  •  Honestly, Frank might have been right (0+ / 0-)

                    The problem is that there's no ethically ideal way to "negotiate" down a civil rights package.

                    I make no secret of the fact that I would have done that deal. I wouldn't have felt great about it, but I would have preferred it to doing nothing.

                    We did nothing instead.

                    Ok, so I read the polls.

                    by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 03:48:52 PM PDT

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                    •  We will never go back for the trans. (3+ / 0-)

                      I see us cutting them out as no different than what has been done to gays many times in the past.

                      Most recently, the Democrats cut out all the LGBT provisions in the House version of the Affordable Heath Care Act, to get it to pass.

                      They promised they'd go back for us.

                      They won't.

                      And we still pay taxes on our partners health insurance and the HIV positive don't get early care.

                      And thus it will remain.

                      It isn't even clear whose vote was earned by tossing the gays under the bus on AHCA. Wasn't a Republican vote though.

                      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

                      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:36:19 PM PDT

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                      •  Nobody had a whip count, so far as I can remember (0+ / 0-)

                        But unlike the Obama Administration, I don't think Barney Frank pre-negotiated. I think he thought it was necessary to secure the votes for passage.

                        And "never" is a long time. Meanwhile, we have nothing.

                        Ok, so I read the polls.

                        by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:39:16 PM PDT

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                        •  Granted "never" is hyperbole. (3+ / 0-)
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                          But given the infintessimal numbers of Ts in the American population I don't see how they ever whip up 60 Senate votes alone. Nor do I see many LGBs caring once their own self-interest has been severed.

                          You have employment protection in NY. What is your interest in seeing ENDA passed quickly but compromised?

                          "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

                          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:51:58 PM PDT

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                          •  Well, to begin with, I'm from PA (1+ / 0-)
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                            and god only know where I might have to take a job.

                            I understand your point of view, and this is a hard call, and I think the utilitarian impetus pointed clearly in one direction.

                            I hate to rehash the discussion because the opportunity has passed, but I think it's important to understand our past failures.

                            Our next opportunity is to make sure that the candidates who ask us for money don't turn around and fuck us (Chris Carney, cough).

                            Ok, so I read the polls.

                            by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:57:16 PM PDT

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                          •  It's a very hard call, I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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                            "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

                            by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 05:01:18 PM PDT

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                    •  I'll admit that I'm NOT pragmatic on this one. (3+ / 0-)
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                      I have a strict "No Queer Left Behind" policy. I've been known to be fairly brutal to LGBs who start in on the more conspicuous celebrators in Pride parades and such, too. I'm not here for equal rights for queer folk who look and act just like straight people. I'm here for equal rights for all queer folk.

                      Sorry, I can be a little strident on this one.

                      A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow

                      by jayjaybear on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 06:38:27 PM PDT

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                      •  And I honestly do think (if our resident Ts will (3+ / 0-)
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                        forgive me for what may be a bit paternalist) that the Ts' best chance of getting ANY legal protections federally right now will be by being escorted in by the LGBs. We (the LGBs) are right now beginning an era of incredible tolerance and acceptance, looking at it historically. Trans folk still don't have that, and it may be a long time before they do. If we pull up the ladder after us and leave them stranded below, we're going to be culpable in a way that I don't know that I can stand.

                        A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow

                        by jayjaybear on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 06:46:49 PM PDT

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            •  The dreaded 'motion to recommit' (3+ / 0-)
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              which the Democrats, with far more votes now than the Republicans had back then, are now using with deadly skill.  (Warning, blatant sarcasm there)

        •  Battle? What Battle? (0+ / 0-)

          Gays are the darlings of advertisers and corporate America everywhere...usually no kids, all that disposable income...they love you guys!!!!

          @Clarknt67: The NFL is the wealthiest sports league in the world. We are talking literally billions and billions of dollars flying around the room here. It's no mistake the last two commissioners were big name corporate lawyers.

          If that language is in the CBA, they must think they're going to need having that language at some point. So..something's probably happened already, but I don't think anything is going to happen publicly for a while.

          One Hall of Fame quarterback is rumored to be gay. Won't mention his name, but whispers came up occasionally when he played. I'm thinking he's far from the only one out there.

          •  Yeah...folks just love us transpeople. (2+ / 0-)
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            Love us to death.  Literally.

          •  The myth of wealthy gays (2+ / 0-)
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            is a myth and not a helpful one.  See the Gay and Lesbian Task Force's report The Myth of Affluence Among Gay, Lebian and Bisexual Americans (PDF) by Dept. of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. When comparing similar jobs and education levels

            The average gay man earns from 4% to 7% less than the average heterosexual man.
            It's a flattering notion, and perhaps endures because gay people don't mind reinforcing it in America where the almighty dollar=value & power, but it is not supported by the data.

            "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

            by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 03:58:08 PM PDT

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            •  It tends to back up Scalia's "powerful gays" (1+ / 0-)
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              narrative. On balance, probably it's neutral, because I think it can help in legislative battles.

              Ok, so I read the polls.

              by andgarden on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:00:08 PM PDT

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              •  The teabaggers and angry mobs (2+ / 0-)
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                are all about envy. I think the misperception invites the demogaugery. ("I'm poor because the gays took all my money with their special rights!")

                Which is not to acknowledge it can have advantages.

                Still, reality is reality. It's worth stating for it's own sake at a reality-based blog.

                And for not erasing the large swaths of LGBT people who are not white collar, college grad professionals. (And many who are struggling to raise kids on tight budgets. Apparently the census showed a lot of them in the south.)

                "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

                by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:10:01 PM PDT

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            •  You Missed The Point (0+ / 0-)

              Let's say you're right...what's the difference? Even at 4-7% less, chances are the average gay (male or female) is going to have more disposable income than his straight counterpart, who is likely married and has children.

              Advertisers target those with greater disposable income. Gays are perceived to have greater disposable income...not necessarily greater income, but more money to spend on entertainment, luxuries, etc.

              It's the perception, not the reality-the reality, even if correct doesn't matter.

              You may not realize it, but your diary is all about the money, nothing else. Please give it some thought, and if we still disagree, get back to me.

              •  I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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                I can't see the money incentive to including this language in the contract.

                If NFL were honestly seeking to increase LGBT appeal to the franchise the owners could far more effectively accomplish that by finding a gay Jackie Robinson for a progressive state team. Adding non-discrimination language to the Tennessee Titans' player contracts sells less than zero new tickets.

                Regardless, the nature of how this played out indicates money or marketing were in any way involved. If they were, the NFL would have sent out a press release to trumpet it. They didn't. No one did. You can't sell something that no one knows about.

                And if not for a blogger reading the contract no one would have known about this.

                "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

                by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:21:55 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, the NFL is six years late to the game (10+ / 0-)

        The 2005 CBA for the NHL (PDF link) contains the following clause:

        7.2 Neither the NHLPA, the NHL, nor any Club shall discriminate in the interpretation or application of this Agreement against or in favor of any Player because of religion, race, disability, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or membership or non-membership in or support of or non-support of any labor organization. (p. 34 of the linked PDF file)
    •  The effects of this will roll out over time, (2+ / 0-)
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      but it will be profoundly "practical" for the first person to come out, the second person, the third, and on and on, even beyond that hard-to-imagine time when no one will notice or care.

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

      by Bob Love on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 01:47:50 PM PDT

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  •  NASCAR next? ;P n/t (5+ / 0-)
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  •  I hate the Pats. (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a Steelers fan and thus I hate the Pats.

    That said, if Kraft was the moving force behind this, I grudgingly respect him.

    Grudging respect is often my feeling with regard to the Pats.

    Belichick, Brady, and now Kraft.

    Why can't these bastards be easier to hate?

    I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Oh, yeah, and Ronald Reagan was an idiot and a lousy president.

    by journeyman on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 01:36:06 PM PDT

  •  Is This Due to Pressure from Players' Union (0+ / 0-)

    or voluntarily inserted by the owners?  I see your diary points out no one knows, but I think it's worth investigating.

    Place your bets on A) Players, or B) Owners.

    Blimey, if I don't think it originates with the owners.  Why?  Because I'm aware of absolutely no discussion or leak of such language prior to that phrase being there.  I think players would have talked and word would have got out simply because there are more of 'em and they probably have nervous Twitter fingers.

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    by Limelite on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 01:58:20 PM PDT

    •  I can only guess. (2+ / 0-)
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      I haven't seen any reporting. I find it strange. It's a good news peg for HRC or another org to turn the topic of conversation to ENDA. You'd think they would be utilizing it.

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 02:07:43 PM PDT

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  •  I just never thought I would see this (2+ / 0-)
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    so very cool.

    "The first rule of pillow fight club is do not talk about pillow fight club." --Keith Olbermann

    by Julie Waters on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 03:05:35 PM PDT

  •  As They Say In The NFL, Upon Further Review (0+ / 0-)

    ...something must be going on..don't be surprised if a player or two comes out or is outed during the next ten years. Probably more likely the last five than the first five.

    It almost certainly wouldn't be in the CBA if they're not expecting it to happen during the life of the contract.

    I remember this excerpt from John Amachei's 2007 autobiography:

    The NBA locker room was the most flamboyant place I'd ever been. Guys flaunted their perfect bodies. They bragged about sexual exploits. They primped in front of the mirror, applying cologne and hair gel by the bucketful. They tried on each other's $10,000 suits, admired each other's rings and necklaces. It was an intense camaraderie that felt completely natural to them. Surveying the room, I couldn't help chuckling to myself: And I'm the gay one.

    Kind of says it all right there, eh?

  •  Leave out the "L" (3+ / 0-)
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    Last I looked, no lesbians need apply because no women need apply. Just saying.
    It's still a good thing.

    •  Ha! Force of habit. (0+ / 0-)

      I had to go back and edit out the T.

      I imagine it would be illegal to keep women out of the NFL based only on gender? It could apply to a lesbian someday, potentially, right?

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:40:11 PM PDT

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    •  Well presumably the clause doesn't just (0+ / 0-)

      protect players against discrimination based on their own sexual orientations, but also the sexual orientations of people they're related to or associate with. "It's OK if you're gay, but our morals clause doesn't let you associate with known homosexuals" doesn't really cut it, after all. So a reasonable reading of the clause is that a team couldn't discriminate against a player because he was raised by two moms or was a bridesman at his lesbian sister's wedding (Opera's speelchucker wants to tell me that "bridesman" isn't a word).

      "We recommend, as a precautionary measure, that people with respiratory infections should be advised not to blow their vuvuzela in enclosed spaces and where there is a risk of infecting others."

      by ebohlman on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 06:59:50 PM PDT

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  •  I honestly don't know if I would read so much (3+ / 0-)
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    into it.  There have been several fines in the last couple of years for gay slurs.  So, they had been acting on the language but perhaps wanted something more definitive in the rules.  Perhaps the fines were overturned based on it being missing.

    Alan Grayson: "In 2010, my district and everywhere else in Florida, Republican turnout was in the sixties. Democratic turnout was in the forties." Think about it.

    by alliedoc on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:45:20 PM PDT

    •  Good point. (1+ / 0-)
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      Clarifying "hostile workplace"' parameters may well have been the impetus.  Still a nice development for any player who is weighing the decision to go public.

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 04:55:21 PM PDT

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      •  I saw something on sports being the last (0+ / 0-)

        bastion of not coming out.  Pro athletes are under a lot of constraints to stay straight.  There really are precious few openly gay athletes, certainly in places like football and baseball.

        Alan Grayson: "In 2010, my district and everywhere else in Florida, Republican turnout was in the sixties. Democratic turnout was in the forties." Think about it.

        by alliedoc on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 04:32:29 AM PDT

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  •  It is progress! (1+ / 0-)
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    "A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you."--Marian Wright Edelman

    by TheSolipsisticMe on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 09:08:44 AM PDT

  •  A few gripes (0+ / 0-)

    I decided against commenting last night. I'm not looking for a pie fight so I'll post today on a cold diary. Let me preface by saying, yes, the change in the NFL bargaining agreement is huge news, it is progress. I support LGBT equality in every venue.

    There is an odd perspective that permeates the diary that implies professional male team sports are the only sports that exist or the only sports that matter. I'm sure this was unintentional, perhaps just poorly worded. Better to elucidate that these male team pro sports are important because they are, or perceived to be, some of the last bastions of entrenched homophobia.

    But then you make the sweeping statement...

    Hopefully, in the near future we'll have an LGBT role model in the pro sports world.

    Certainly that completely overlooks and dismisses lesbians in pro women's sports. There are plenty of out lesbians represented in tennis, basketball, soccer. Do I dare mention male figure skating? Tons of out skaters, both amateur and professional. Or does that not count as a pro sport? Yes, I'm screwing with you, but you could have been clearer.

    Oh, you wrote pro sports but you meant American major pro male team sports? If you look closely you will see that wasn't ever spelled out at all. Love, ya.

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    by wayoutinthestix on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 10:56:49 AM PDT

    •  Sorry. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I didn't mean to dismiss or overlook the women.

      But I think precisely because women from Martina to Billie Jean to the women of the WNBA have been courageous trailblazers it becomes a little more frustrating that the men are so overdue and timid. And that, these days, is where the focus of this topic is, perhaps too tacitly. Perhaps I should have begun by acknowledging the disparity.

      I think when an active player from the NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB ultimately comes out (and it's just a matter of time) the impact on the culture and media will be huge. It will be a national event as big as Ellen DeGeneres coming out during the run of her TV show.

      Maybe it shouldn't be more notable than a WNBA player coming out. That probably is regrettable. But it will be.

      And you are right, little girls do have out and proud women athletes as role models and have for a long time.

      Little boys? Not so much. Is it important that the gender match? We would say so if the genders were reversed and girls had no adult women to look up to.

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 02:06:39 PM PDT

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  •  it sets a good model for gay male athletes maybe, (0+ / 0-)

    but it is the culture of the locker room itself that will be tougher to overcome.  It will be overcome, but it will be a while.

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