On Oprah Winfrey Network Television (OWN Network) tonight was the premier of the Michael Sam story.
I watched and experienced so many raw emotions through the entire documentary showing and the post documentary interview.
I also saw before my eyes confirmation of all of my LGBT societal perception thoughts.
Sexuality and societal perception can make or break a life.
The media can make or break a life.
The choices we make, the people we involve in those choices can make or break our lives.
It was such a very real, raw cycle of ups and downs watching his story play out.
I literally cried along with him.
As a pioneer within this sexual revolution by simply just being very outspoken bisexual married woman I totally identify with some of the struggles he faced in dealing with society’s judgement and perceptions.
One of the biggest questions through the entire story was “Did coming out hurt his career?” We all know the answer is “Yes.”
The answer is not yes because he came out alone but because of when he came out and who he came out to.
He came out to the entire world just at the pinnacle of realizing his career potential.
The world wasn’t ready for his revelation.
No NFL team was ready to deal with the media attention of having the first openly gay football player on their team.
The world is not that open minded yet despite what may be ‘politically correct’ to say in public.
The world isn’t ready to deal with married bisexual women or men.
‘They’ are still adjusting to gay and lesbian men and women.
The fact there are married and bisexual people is too much for some to deal with.
The fact Michael Sam is a gay man and a football player is too much for some to deal with.
Truth is ‘They ‘can’t deal with anything that doesn’t fit into the societal norms & traditional ideals laid out for us by ‘them’.
Because ‘they’ can’t identify with our lifestyles it is taboo for our lifestyles to be public or even visible.
Who is ‘Them’ & who is ‘They’?
Why is it ‘They’ have so much power and control over our lives whether we allow them to or not, whether we go against the grain or not?
It seems ‘They’ Rule the world and we just live in it.
Why is there even an ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ thing?
Aren’t we all humans?
Why does it matter what I do with my private parts?
So many questions on societal perceptions and influence were answered and arisen with this film.
It’s pioneers like Michael Sam that inspire me.
It’s women like Oprah with the courage to address these issues publicly that motivate me.
Keep on Michael Sam, the world will one day see you are an AWESOME football player.
Your sexuality shouldn’t matter when it comes to the game.
-Jay Dee, Founder