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14 February 2007

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Bernie

I find it amusing that everyone thinks there are lots of lesbians in the WNBA but nobody wants to believe there are gay men in the NBA, or that there might be legions of gay fans.

Straight folks can be so naive.

tekay

Though Bernie, I think it has more to do with, one it is easier for men to believe in hetero-lesbianism (getting it on with women who are lesbian until the man joins the threesome) and two, that there is something inherently masculine about women who aren't in typical female-ok sports (figure skating and gymnastics as examples). Having gay men in the NBA smacks the face of the Masculine Hetero Ideal. It's more damning and shameful than amusing.

:)

C. Baptiste-Williams

I just fail to see how this guy is relevant. Before this book I had never heard of him... in a few weeks I won't remember his name. It just another exploitation to sell books and make money.

However I do find Mark Cuban's comments to be interesting.

Bernie

It is important because it alters the popular (erroneous) perception that all athletes are heterosexual and all gay men are white and effeminate. It reaffirms our assertion that gay people are everywhere, not just hair dressers and interior decorators.

If you haven't heard of him before, I would ask, do you follow sports?

Etienne

I totally agree with you Bernie:

"It reaffirms our assertion that gay people are everywhere, not just hair dressers and interior decorators.
"
Even (we) gay people seem to believe so much in that old stereotype

I really respect Amaechi for coming out..It takes a real man to do it..

soulbrotha

So where can we write to him directly? I would love to support him (and maybe get a date). LOL

Aaron

As a basketball fan, it would have meant a lot more to me if he'd come out while he was still in the league, but I understand the reality we are living in. Here's an example: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-BKN-Hardaway-Remarks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. When these types of attitudes still exist, we have a long way to go in our fight for equality.

ff

i'm guessing Tim Hardaway isnt a Rod 2.0 regular...


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2766213

Karim

Amaechi might have one more enemy. Another former NBA star, Tim Hardaway, went on record and said, "I hate gay people." Sick.

beezo

I'm just glad that beautiful male specimen is openly playing for our team now.

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