When I was younger, I was into sports. I liked playing them, and I was fairly decent. Not great, but not terrible. But because I was slightly feminine, I was made to feel like I wasn’t any good at all; as if I couldn’t keep up with the regular boys. So after that, I just didn’t pay attention to them anymore.
Sad to say, but that whole view of not being as good as the other boys still lingers on today. However, now we have someone who could help change that. Not that it’s his entire responsibility to share, but Michael Sam being drafted by the Rams is significant because it could help shatter the view that somehow being gay makes you less of a man than “regular” guys. Heck, he’s already done that by earning the SEC Defensive Player of the year.
Even though we know it’s not true, the prevailing image of gay culture is that of men wanting to be women. The fault lies in many places (and not just from straight people), but like all people, gay men are all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and personalities. So you may shrug your shoulders and ask “who cares” when it comes to Michael Sam’s sexuality, but trust me, if you were in my shoes, you would definitely care a whole lot.