Saints linebacker Scott Fujita endorses National Equality March
New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita endorses National Equality March to be held in Washington, DC, October 10-11. Fujita became aware of GLBT inequality when an attempt to restrict an adoption in Arkansas was in the news. Fujita himself adopted, "...could not understand how people could put their concern about someone's sexual orientation over the need for finding safe homes for children." Fujita, further continues in this article by Birmingham Gay Community Examiner Joe Openshaw titled NFL players in support of GLBT equality, to speak about homophobia in the locker room.
You know people do call it homophobia, and even that term alone is interesting to me. Because I don't even know how they call it homophobia, because that's a fear of the same. It's more heterophobia. It's a fear of something different from yourself. Is there still some of that in the locker room? Absolutely. People tell me, hey, that's pretty courageous. You come out in favor of gay rights. I don't think it's that courageous. I think I have an opinion, that I wish was shared by everybody, but I honestly believe that it's shared by more [football players] than we know because a lot of people just won't speak out about it...Just because I'm in favor of gay rights doesn't mean that I'm gay or doesn't mean I'm some kind of "sissy" or something. That's the language that you hear in locker rooms. I know these guys well. I know for the most part, guys are a lot more tolerant than they get credit for but they're not comfortable yet speaking out about it. It's going to come in time. By in large, it's an opinion that's shared by more people than are realized. I just wish it was shared by everybody.
Fujita was also interviewed by David Zirin for a Huffington Post article titled "Why I support the National Equality March" NFL's Scott Fujita Speaks out for Gay Rights.
In related news, Jim Buzinski wrote a story for the Washington Post about the subject of gay players in the NFL.
Let's establish one thing - there are gay players in the NFL. How many is anybody's guess. There are about 1,700 NFL players. If we take the standard metric of gays making up 10% of the population, that would equal 170 players. Even taking an extremely low 1%, that would give us 17 gay players. Imagine if 17 NFL players came out tomorrow - it would be the biggest sports story of the past decade.
In April of this year Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo announced his support of same sex marriage. He wrote a piece for The Huffington Post, in which he states that "We are a secular capitalistic democracy." Ayanbadejo followed this statement with thoughts on Britney Spears, asking the question, "How could our society grant more rights to a heterosexual one night stand wedding in Vegas than a gay couple that has been together for 3, 5, 10 years of true love? Read the entire piece here.
Read Scott Fujita's bio at Wikipedia.
Other NFL players to come out, here.
More on the National Equality March, here.
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