Entries by Jon Paul Fiorentino from 12/2012

You Don't Have to Be Adam Lanza's Mother to Make a Statement

| Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada

Liza Long's now-viral blog post is being heralded as "brave" and "powerful." I believe it is neither. I have faith that Long's post was a genuine attempt to start a discourse on mental health. For that reason, I am thankful she wrote it. I would guess that she loves her children very much and wants what's best for them. This is why I hope she will see the problematic rhetoric in her proclamation of kinship and solidarity with Adam Lanza's mother. It is a much more powerful and brave message to say: "I will not provide my son with a similar context. I will not participate in my country's love affair with guns. I am not Adam Lanza's mother. I am Michael's mother."

Will More Male Athletes "Come Out" in 2013?

| Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada

This year, linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens and punter Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings became unlikely spokespeople for gay rights in America. When college football player Jamie Kuntz was kicked off his team for kissing his boyfriend in the press box they both took to Twitter to offer their support. There's much work to be done in terms of awareness and advocacy for queer rights in sports. Although it is widely acknowledged that there are gay athletes in all four major professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL) we are still waiting for an active player to come out.