From Michael Sam playing in the Canadian Football League to the MLB issuing a line of “Pride” hats and shirts to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts each making news, it was an interesting week.
Michael Sam Joins Canadian Football League
According to NFL.com, Michael Sam will be playing football this coming season but not in the NFL. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced Friday that they have signed Sam to a two-year deal – according to Sam’s agent Joe Barketta, it’s a one-year deal with a team option year.
Sam had spent parts of last season with the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys but wasn’t picked up for the season by either team. Sam became the first openly gay player in NFL history when he was selected by St. Louis in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft but many suggest his openness is what kept him from being picked by teams fearful of the distraction factor.
“’With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,’ said Alouettes’ general manager Jim Popp. ‘Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.'”
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MLB Launches Pride Wear
Just in time for most Pride celebrations, Major League Baseball is selling its line of “Pride” rainbow hats and t-shirts. The caps are $20 and the t-shirts are $30. Not all teams are available at this time, but the ones that are include the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals. Check them out here: http://shop.mlb.com/search/index.jsp?sr=1&kwCatId=&origkw=%2747+pride&kw=47+pride&pg=1
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Boy Scouts President Urges Ending Ban On Openly Gay Adult Leaders
Boy Scouts president Robert Gates (former U.S. Secretary of Defense) states the necessity of opening up leadership in the Boy Scouts to openly gay adults. According to JoeMyGod: “The Boy Scouts of America will no longer seek to revoke the charters of chapters that accept gay adult leaders, the organization’s president, Robert Gates, told its national leadership on Thursday. ‘The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,’ Gates said during the BSA’s annual national meeting. The organization took no formal action on its current policy to ban gay adult leaders, but Gates said the group can no longer ‘ignore growing internal challenges to our current membership policy.’…’Nor can we ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country – changes taking place at a pace over this past year no one anticipated,’ he said. ‘We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.’”
Read the full story here: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2015/05/boy-scouts-president-calls-for-end-to.html
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Girl Scouts Now Accepting Transgender Girls
In a guest editorial on the Girl Scouts of America website, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald emphasized the inclusiveness and diversity of the organization:
“The foundation of diversity that Juliette Gordon Low established runs throughout Girl Scouting to this day. Our mission to build ‘girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place’ extends to all members, and through our program, girls develop the necessary leadership skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance.”
Read the full story here: http://blog.girlscouts.org/2015/05/the-meaning-of-serving-all-girls.html
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Arkansas Gay Rodeo Free of Protestors
An International Gay Rodeo Event took place last month in Arkansas, right in the heart of the Bible Belt, according to The Daily Republic. Sandy Bidwell, president of the Diamond State event, said that “For years, no one would allow us to advertise it for fear protesters would create a disturbance. My attitude is, let them. It’s free advertising.”
They put up a sign directing traffic to the event this year and no protesters bothered to come.
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