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French Quarter Fest and beautiful weather! 
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Fun Mardi Gras, but I'm glad it'll be over in a few hours.  Back to work for a short week!
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I wouldn't consider myself an advocate for any particular cause, but in the case of NFL draft Michael Sam, this is why it matters.  This is why it’s a big deal.  Aside from the obvious challenging of the idea of masculinity and sports, there is a much deeper reason why a sports figure such as Michael Sam’s coming out is important.
Let’s first consider this point.  I have read and heard so many people say, “why does it matter, no one cares!  I’m tired of hearing people proclaim their sexuality.  He’s just doing this for attention.  Why does he have to tell everyone – no one gives a shit what he does in private!”  Well, tell that to the closeted youth eating alone at a restaurant within earshot of another table talking about their “faggot” server.  Tell that to the high school kid that got beat up because the other kids just THOUGHT he seemed gay.   People DO seem to care, don’t they?  As long as it’s a derogatory topic, as long as people continue to be ridiculed solely on the basis of their sexuality, then yes, they DO care.  If truly no one cared, this would be a topic of discussion that lasted no longer than asking, “how’s the weather?”  And surely, since no one cares about Mr. Sam's sexuality, then if someone found out, it wouldn’t be all over the news, right?!  SCANDAL!  CONTROVERSY!  No, no, that would NEVER happen!  People HATE controversy, gossip, and juicy stories that stir shit!  It’s something all of us have dealt with when contemplating coming out.  Who already knows?  Who doesn’t know?  Should I let people figure it out and start rumors, or just rip the band-aid off, beat them to the punch and let it out on my own terms?  And most of us are not famous athletes, or even in the public eye!
Secondly, all this talk about how uncomfortable he’ll make the locker room.  Ah, the straight man’s “sanctuary.”  Is the locker room already comfortable?  Maybe these men are TOO comfortable hanging out naked with each other.  After all, that’s what they make it sound like is happening there.  Gay or not, those men have checked each other out…guaranteed.  Was it sexual?  Probably not, but nevertheless, another man has…get ready for it…LOOKED AT YOUR JUNK!  GASP!  THE HORROR!  Human beings compare themselves to others – that’s just what they do.  I would have to ask them, what about that scares you exactly?  What about that offends you or makes you uncomfortable?  Is it that you think he may be having a sexual thought about you?  Can you prove that?  Can you keep someone from thinking, ANYTHING about you?  People may look at you and think, “wow you’re really out of shape,” or “that is the ugliest shirt I’ve ever seen someone wear.”  And guess what?  You won’t ever know what they are thinking, nor can you control it.  You may only ASSUME you know what they’re thinking by the way in which you identify them….oh yes, that you know they are gay…remember that thing you don’t care about?  On a side note, I’d also like to think, how you dare be offended that anyone might look at you and objectify you.  What do you think you’re doing to women on a daily basis, and you’re not even seeing them naked!?  Often enough I see guys that are basically eye-raping women, and some with enough “class” to even joke about it out loud!  We’ve all heard it before; don’t act like it doesn’t happen.  My last observation on this particular topic could be the one that irks me the most.  All of the guys that say this will make them uncomfortable seem to have quite the ego!  Can you imagine being so full of yourself that the mere thought of being just the GENDER of someone’s attraction makes you a target of a sexual advance?  Every gay man is going to want you, because you also have a penis?  Must be hard for these guys when they go to a bar and women throw themselves at them, vagina first, right?  Get over yourself. 
Lastly, the most important reason why this all matters: belonging.  It’s really quite simple.  Everybody is born into this world with a few common desires, and one very strong one is to belong.  To be accepted.  To be loved.  To be an equal to your fellow man.  We seek approval in our early years from our parents, often relentlessly; even when we know sometimes there will be no payout.  We seek that same approval with our peers and try to fit in with the group.  Something happens to a child when they feel they don’t belong at such an early age.  When you’re a square peg in a sea of round holes, you know it!  The world continues to move around you while you search for any shred of evidence that there is someone else like you; anyone else that has, or is going through the same thing.  When you cannot find that sliver of comfort, you can easily feel like a freak – an obvious mistake of a person.  You deserve NOTHING, you are NOTHING, and you will be NOTHING.  It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how good you are at sports, how friendly or helpful you are, if you like music, what your favorite color is, if you can draw or paint well…YOU’RE GAY AND THAT IS DISGUSTING!  SHAME ON YOU!  Is there any doubt why the suicide rate among our youth is on the rise?  Society loves to divide us up into neat little boxes and God help you if you don’t fit into one.  As a kid, it WOULD make a difference to hear from some adults living happy, successful lives!  It WOULD make a difference to know you’re not a freak and you’re not the only person in the world that has these feelings!  As I get older, I feel more and more that we have a responsibility to come out.  It’s is our duty to help make sure the next generation doesn’t grow up with the same guilt, shame, and burden that no child should have to bear alone.  To remain quiet and just “get by” does nothing, and if anything, can be more harmful.  Talk, have a dialogue, and get over having to have what might be an “uncomfortable” conversation.  I know I would be a different person today had this been the case.  Instead, I learned to close myself off.  I lived in a constant state of fear, panic, and shame.  I found it very difficult to care about the things of which other kids cared, because those things didn’t matter as long as making it to the next day was in question.  Who cares about a test coming up when you could be shunned by your family?  Be made fun of and tormented?  Be alone forever?  Burn in hell?  The world is a lonely place when you feel even God hates you.  It’s why many kids turn to drugs, unhealthy relationships, and suicide, and I get it.  I truly get it.  Don’t we want to try and avoid those things in any possible way?  Whether you agree with or support homosexuality is not the issue.  It is real.  It has always been real and it has been around since the beginning of time.  It’s truly shameful that in 2014, we are still treating people like this, with some even under the guise of Christianity.  And for what?!  There better be a damn good reason, right?!  But there’s not.  There’s just not, and that’s unacceptable, at least for me. #michaelsam   #michaelsamgay   #michaelsamnfldraft   #noh8campaign  
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The temperature is dropping fast and it's starting to rain...might see a little snow in the Big Easy today!
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Scary stuff going on in the neighborhood.  This guy shouldn't be too hard to spot, I would think.
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Good grief, you'd be waiting all day!
 
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How's that arrogant, smug attitude working for you now?  HAHA!
 
Former New Orleans mayor found guilty of corruption

+NOLA.com: Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guilty on 20 of 21 corruption charges, including taking bribes while in office.

Prosecutors in the federal corruption case alleged Nagin took bribes worth more than $500,000 through various criminal acts, starting before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and continuing through the storm’s recovery, according to +NBC News.

Follow updates on this story at BreakingNews.com: https://www.breakingnews.com/topic/former-new-orleans-mayor-ray-nagin-corruption-trial/

Read more: http://bit.ly/1erWTUU

Photo: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at court in New Orleans February 20, 2013. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters via NBCNews.com)
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