In the motion picture “In and Out” Kevin Kline’s teacher character, Howard, is outed by a former student, played by Matt Dillon, while accepting an Oscar.
This news comes as a shock to Howard’s friends, family, wife, and interesting enough, himself. Over the course of the movie, Howard explores his possible homosexuality, eventually realizing that indeed he is gay, which results in both being fired from his job and gaining the support of his friends, family, and students along the way.
In similar recent Hollywood happenings, the Jackie Robinson biopic, ’42’ was released last week. It tells the well-known story of Robinson, the first African-American baseball player, signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
The movie is less about the moment in which Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier, and more about how Jackie was the perfect force of strength, leadership, hardheaded, and talent to set the perfect example for future African-Americans to play in Major League Baseball, as well as every minority that plays in every major sport today.
Many wonder what would have happened if any part of Jackie Robinson’s make-up were different. If he were any of less talented, less successful, less able to withstand the pressure, less able to be the example – if things would be the same today – if Larry Doby and Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron, and Ken Griffey Jr. would have been able to follow in future years, decades, and generations.
Enter the salacious gossip news of last night, which revealed the possibility of the first active gay NFL player. Continue reading
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