Thursday, May 15, 2014
When Michael Sam first came out a few months ago, and I saw the photos of a clean-cut, rugged-looking guy, I thought, good for him, let him do what he wants. He can't help his sexuality, so why should he be discriminated against on account of it?
More recently, I saw that well-circulated shot of him embracing and kissing his boyfriend after being drafted:
My immediate, visceral reaction was, yuck, that's just not right.
I'm not seriously suggesting it isn't right, or that he shouldn't be allowed to do what he wants, or that he should in any way be discriminated against because of it.
I just want to point out that I couldn't help my reaction, any more than he can help his sexuality, and I don't think I should be discriminated against because of it.
You can accuse me of bad manners for having publicly described my reaction, and you'd be right. But if you accused me of discrimination, you'd be wrong, because I don't think he should be discriminated against. And if you accused me of being a hater, you'd be wrong again, because I don't hate Sam. In fact I wish him well.
I was just a little grossed out. Which, as far as I know, is not a crime.