Jason Collins is gay.
I have two questions, though.
Who is Jason Collins?
And who cares if he’s gay?
OK, I’ll admit, mainly because I do have a passing interest in the NBA, that I know Jason Collins is a journeyman in “The Association”.
But, until yesterday, I had no idea he was gay.
We found out on Monday.
And I care today about it as much as I cared about it last Tuesday. Very little…
I hate to sound callous about the whole thing and that’s certainly not my intention, because I do understand the enormity of what’s at stake. Members of the gay community just want the same rights as those who are straight. That’s what it really boils down to. By having those same rights (marriage, children, tax benefits, insurance coverage, etc.), they can honestly say, “I’m gay but I’m not being treated any differently because of it.”
I do understand the importance of that issue. Young men and women who are gay shouldn’t be afraid to express their sexuality. They should see “role models” in the gay community who aren’t afraid to confront the rest of the world.
I completely get the whole concept: ”I’m gay, but I’m no different than anyone else.”
Lots of people will make it a religious issue and quote the Bible in their attempt to prove that being gay is “wrong” and if you’re a reader and believer in the Bible and its place in history, I completely understand why you would hold on to those values.
In as much as “equality” is important to some people, the Bible is important to a lot of folks, too.
I understand that side of it as well.
The other sidebar to all of this is our country’s fascination with gay MEN as opposed to gay WOMEN. That’s what this is all about, honestly. For some reason, we view the two differently. Martina Navratilova “came out” in the 1980′s and everyone yawned. There have been hundreds of gay women compete professionally on the LPGA Tour over the last 30 years. No one cared. And the WNBA has gobs of openly gay players.
A gay man, though? Holy cow, that’s weird. (It’s not, really, I’m just making that statement to show the difference between the perception of gay women (“That’s kinda hot”) and gay men (“Weirdo…”)
There’s another argument anti-gay folks are making – particularly in the world of sports – that has zero to do with the whole scenario but it’s always brought up anyway. ”What if I’m in the shower in the locker room and a gay guy on the team is in there with me, eyeing me up?” Yeah, boy, that would be strange. It would probably be reminiscent of the way you look at that cute girl in the bar and wonder what she looks like without that dress she’s wearing.
Maybe I’m just “gay’d out” by now. And if I am, you can blame those creeps in the media. LOL
But, I just don’t care.
In a strange way, this over-saturation of gay rights and who is gay and who isn’t has helped reinforce to me the only thing in my life that’s really important is taking care of my family.
Jason Collins being gay has zero to do with my family. It has nothing at all to do with the people who were killed in Boston two weeks ago yesterday. It’s not at all vital to our national security. Cancer won’t be cured overnight just because someone comes out as a gay, but a gay doctor might someday find the cure.
And no matter who is gay and who isn’t gay, that’s not going to stop Pedro Strop from allowing baserunners when he enters a game in the 8th inning.
There are gazillions of important issues in this country that deserve our widespread attention.
I don’t think a gay athlete is one of them.
Unless he can fix the Wizards, that is.
And even a good gay man like Jason Collins couldn’t do that.