Super Bowl XLVII is the gayest Super Bowl that we have ever encountered. And that's something that I'm not mad about at all!
In fact, this Super Bowl is like the final frontier of homosexuality. Like the last closet to be opened. It's like the cousin who was always gay and you always knew it...but they never came out. And this is his big coming out party!
And I'm not saying that it's gay because there's lots of man-on-man contact.
Or because Beyonce is about to SLAY every performer who ever touched the halftime show (oh...besides Michael Jackson in 1993 who OWNED the Super Bowl). Remember, the queens live for King Bey.
And not even because there will be lots of men in tights...which I'm actually looking forward to.
But the news surrounding Super Bowl XLVII regarding the tolerance of homosexuality is big. Bigger than Colin Kaepernick's cake arms.
And it's the first step in a long journey to change the perspective of the place of homosexuality in football.
It's not like we didn't know there were gays in football. But the macho-sport is still super conservative, even though the rest of the world surrounding it is becoming more flexible. Being gay and being "tough" is still taboo...and frowned upon in the NFL.
Take San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver's comments on homosexuality in the NFL for an example:
"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver (per Yahoo! Sports). "I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.
"Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."
He later apologized, but it's evident from social media and his own insincerity that he's not isolated in his thoughts. But his insensitivity has actually done us a favor; it's making football players face the music.
Is there a place for homosexuality in football?
ESPN has been going wild covering the subject. Super Bowl player Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens has been extremely vocal with his support of gay marriage.
People are now asking NFL players about their view...to their face and on camera! And the overly homophobic institution of football is being forced to face some ugly truths...and some much needed change.
Look, the general public is shifting its view on homosexuality and football should just follow in its footsteps. In fact, 2013 could be the gayest year ever. Gay marriage was legalized in nine states. President Obama has vowed to make sure that all Americans, no matter their sexual preference, are treated equally. And now America's sport, football, is creating a space for gays to feel comfortable...or at least be accepted.
This might be the first Super Gay Super Bowl...but I'm hoping that it won't be the last. Eventually...we won't have to distinguish between gay or straight because we'll all be accepting...and it'll just be a damn good football game and a reason to stuff yourself full of nachos and chicken wings.
We're on a good path here. Let's keep this conversation alive and keep pushing to the end zone.
Christina Coleman is the News and Politics Editor at GlobalGrind. Prior to this she was a science writer. That explains her NASA obsession. She crushes on Anthony Bourdain. Nothing explains that.
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