2002-06-08 / Editorial/Opinion

Pink Boxing Gloves And Lavender Mitts

Pink Boxing Gloves And Lavender Mitts

With all of the controversy being generated over whether Mike Piazza is gay or not, many people are asking themselves how they would react if they found out their favorite athlete was gay. The debate is raging throughout the country, but to be quite honest, we don't see why this is an issue. It is hard to imagine that people would suddenly ignore the tremendous accomplishments of many great athletes, on and off the field, if they "came out." It's as silly as the policy that banned gays from the Boys Scouts of America a few years ago. They don't want gays in their organization? Guess what? Gays, who have probably received awards for service and leadership, are in their organization. They simply choose to remain silent. Sports are no different. Athletes, for the most part, are people who love what they do. The money, fame and perks are part of the package, and that's just gloss. Still, for some reason, the public regards them as larger than life. We need to realize that when they come off the field, they are human beings. They are people with issues and lifestyles comparable to ours. They are just as insecure, jovial, screwed up and uncertain about the future as we are. Some of them just happen to be gay. Here is something to remember. The boxers that Sports Illustrated, or the public for that matter, regard as great role models, they might be gay. The athletes that smack 70 homeruns a season, and give millions to charities each year, they might be gay. The football players who take a minute of their time before the game to sign autographs for your kids, they might be gay. You would support and commend them for these acts, so why not support them if they said, "I'm happy... I'm carefree...and I'm gay. I was born this way!"

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