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Tired of Hearing About Gay Future NFL Star Michael Sam?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I'm tired of being nice. I'm tired of beating around the bush. And I'm tired of giving the benefit of the doubt to bigots and homophobes who shamefully hide behind free speech and the safety our society has attached to certain memes to float their hateful positions and discriminatory thoughts.

If you really don't care that Michael Sam, the football player, is gay and, (this is the important part), you want name calling, bullying, beatings and murders against LGBT people to stop then you want to hear more, not less, about the fact that Michael Sam is, indeed, a gay man about to enter the National Football League (NFL) Draft.

That would be the natural reaction. To raise awareness. For goodness sake, the Tea Party of America has turned raising awareness, making noise and saturating the media with the things they care about into an art. You don't hear Tea Party supporters saying we want to hear less about the Tea Party.

Of course not.

However, you hear cats like me who think toxic morons, by and large, comprise the Tea Party argue, in one way or the other, that we're tired of hearing about the Tea Party. That's because cats like me don't like the Tea Party. We just want them to go away. They make us uncomfortable. We think if their vision for the world became commonplace society would suffer.

But here's the deal -- I can't speak for Michael Sam, but I get the impression he doesn't want to push the way he lives his life on you. He doesn't want you to have gay sex or do any of the other things he might do as a gay man. It's not about that. He's not pushing a political agenda on anybody. I think he simply wants to help create a safer space for gays in sports and elsewhere in our culture.

The guy made the ballsiest move since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. And he'll end up doing more for other gay athletes -- at all levels of competition -- than any organized effort south of the National Hockey League's (NHL) fantastic partnership with the You Can Play project.

So to argue that I just don't want to hear about it anymore or that Gays are constantly shoving their lifestyle in our face reeks horribly of bigotry and homophobia.

Do you realize that lobbyists exist who actually want to ban gay players from participating in the National Football League? Some legislators want to give businesses the "right" to ban gays from their establishments.

That type of stuff goes beyond boggling my mind. It makes me want to rip my mind out of my head and heave it into the ocean. I'm all for pervading news coverage with the mind-boggling stories as well. The more we can expose the anti-gay crowd for the hateful and ignorant slugs they are, the better.

We're at the precise point in history where we absolutely should want to hear as much as possible about bold acts by LGBT people and the swelling support for these actions. We don't live in a world where shutting up gets anything done, especially with respect to the existence of things that make others uncomfortable.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks. Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.

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