|Michael Sam courtesy of NY Times|
In case you missed it, Michael Sam was a stand out defensive player in the SEC while he attended The University of Missouri. He garnered accolades of all kinds for his skills on the field with Mizzou but his name shot into hyper drive when he opened up about his sexuality. And of course in a world where Beyonce's little sister beating Jay-Z while he laughs it off makes national "breaking" news, Michael Sam's sexuality seemed to be what everyone knew him for.
During the NFL Combine earlier this year he stated that he would like to be known as "Michael Sam the football player, and not Michael Sam the gay football player." Little did he know that his words and courage would spark a flame for other professional athletes and public figures from all over the world to open up about their sexuality.
On Mother's Day LPGA golfer Amanda Lovinhold took the chance to tell the world how she was born. "I feel that by being a member of the LPGA I am labeled constantly as a lesbian. The public thinks that the majority of female golfers are homosexual and therefore we are labeled and stereotyped that way," Lovinhold said. "I would like to take this opportunity to proudly say that I, Amanda Lovinhold, was born a straight woman and I love men!" At this point her closeted lover of 13 years Kenward Hunningtonn joined her at the podium and gave her a kiss and held her hand in support.
It is not an isolated incident either. More and more public figures are opening up about their sexuality.
Dan Deman is a high profile Broadway dancer in New York. He has been dancing since he was six years old and has been getting labeled and chastised for his passion since then. "I used to be called all kinds of names in school because I was a dancer. I usually let them roll off of my back," Deman told us. "But when someone saw me leaving a show one night next to a woman they yelled out, 'Yo is he straight?' and I knew I had to address it in public so there is no more speculation." He started by telling his production company and it grew from there. "I was born a straight man that loves to dance. I would love to be known simply as Dan the Dancer and not Dan the straight dancer."
The problem with this is it is actually news. The fact that Jay-Z makes breaking news when has 99 problems and the biggest one is probably that he went to tip a valet but had to give him a Benjamin since he doesn't even know what a $1 looks like or that his sister in law Solange hates him.
For the record, I would like to open up and proclaim that I am a straight man, although Justin Timberlake could probably turn me if he wanted to. Call me JT!