I’m not much of a football fan so I’m a few days behind on the ESPN Michael Sam controversy. If you are wondering what I’m talking about, I’m referring to ESPN journalist, Josina Anderson, who reported responses on Sports Center, after she inquired how Michael Sam’s teammates are reacting to having a gay player in their locker room and even more disconcerting – the shower!
This so called ‘controversy’ is reminiscent the dumb comments made by those who were opposed to letting female journalists in team locker rooms after games. Everyone quickly figured out this wasn’t a big deal, and I’m hopeful we’ve now come to the same conclusion about gay athletes in the locker room.
Having athletes like Michael Sam come out at the start of their career rather than after they’ve retired is a significant milestone for the LGBT community. Without a doubt there will be future controversies regarding gay athletes but one expects inane comments from athletes, coaches, owners, etc… who may be uncomfortable with the idea of having a gay teammate – not ESPN or the media.
Blogger, Viv Bernstein, writes a bit more about this controversy and the recent history of the media’s obsession with gay men showering in locker rooms in her post, Michael Sam, The Media and That Shower Question.
Much thanks to Jack Sparacino for sharing this photo at R.C.C.
Summer 2014 is nearly over and while it passed quickly, I wanted to point out some new events and places that gave our community a few more options on ways to spend their time during the summer.
Perhaps most notable was the opening of two fun, friendly bars Trophy Room and Cathedral Station. Both seem to have found a niche and are welcome additions to the Boston gay scene.
In addition, Manhunt pool parties hosted by Jonathan Crutchley are becoming more popular as they double as fundraising events for local LGBT charities.
Chris Tobeck put a spin on summer tea dances by organizing the popular “Big Gay Boat Ride” and bringing popular gay DJs like Jim Clerkin to spin music out in Boston Harbor.
However you may have spent your summer, I hope you had a great time. Students move back to Boston this weekend and that can only mean one thing, the fall season is nearly upon us. Make the most of these last few days / weeks.
Earlier this month I was mailed Amin Ghaziani’s book, There Goes the Gayborhood, which you can purchase on Amazon (although I would prefer you buy it from a local LGBT bookstore) like Boston’s Calamus Bookstore.
Ghaziani asserts that gay neighborhoods, enclaves, ghettoes (whatever you want to call them) are ‘straightening’ in what he refers to as a post-gay era. He points out the painful fact that in 1994 there were 16 gay bars in Boston and Cambridge but by 2007 less than a handful remained. However it isn’t just bars that are closing, LGBT bookstores, shops and even newspapers are shuttering to make way for other businesses as our community evolves.
I’m only about 80 pages into the book so this isn’t a review as much as it is a notice that the book will no doubt influence future posts. I couldn’t be more happy to live in this ‘post-gay’ world, but I’m of a generation that experienced a less ‘open-minded’ society and that too shapes my perceptions, attitude and makes me more protective of the concept of a gayborhood than my younger counterparts.
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dbar is going to put the fun in you Fun Day, Sunday hosting their annual summer tea dance. Definitely stop by and check out this perennial social gathering that raises money for Victory Programs and helps to kick off the fall LGBT sports season.
Hard to believe someone this handsome would be in bed alone.
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Just a quick reminder to that later today the Manhunt Mansion in Brookline at 166 Fisher Avenue is hosting the annual fundraiser / pool party for the Gay Officer’s Action League (GOAL New England).
Admission is $20 with all proceeds going to GOAL New England. Food, drink and fun will be available at the pool party barbeque. If you happen to be in town – this is a great party to check out. Unfortunately, Sergio and I will not be able to attend since we are still in Provincetown. If you go email me photos from the party at email@example.com or tweet me @bosguy.
More details here.
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