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LA Dodgers’ Kiss Cam Features Gay Kiss, To Cheers And Applause – Video

Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. And when they kissed the fans broke into cheers and applause.

Via Deadspin:

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the reaction from the crowd was a genuine cheer. Reader Steven, who was in the ballpark, says he was “proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.” The Dodgers have held LGBT nights in recent years, and while it’s great to publicly announce that everyone’s welcome, there’s nothing quite like being normalized by dorky in-stadium entertainment to make everyone feel included.

Watch the video below.

 

HGTV’s “Never Were” Benham Brothers: We Turned A Gay Guy Straight By Giving Him Baseball Tickets

Benham Boys

 

Making a career out of their anti-gay “Christian” stance.  Smacked down and never-were HGTV wannabees Jason and David Benham talked about they, with the help of a pair of Chicago Cubs baseball tickets turned a gay man straight during during their National Religious Broadcasters convention speech

“We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out — and he said things to me that made me lose my appetite. But I simply responded in love.”

“After a little conversation back and forth, I found out he loved baseball … and I got him tickets to a Cubs game. He shot me a Facebook post and said, ‘I was not expecting that — and I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve chosen to walk away from my lifestyle.’”

See that.  One night with the Benham boys is enough to turn a gay man straight.  But not for the reasons that they are stating.

NOTE:  In two days the Benham Boys will be holding a hate rally in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina protesting against a proposed LGBT rights ordinance.

 

Benham twitter

 

 

 

“Christian” Detroit Tigers Right Fielder Torii Hunter: Gay Teammate Would Make Him ‘Uncomfortable’

Detroit Tigers right fielder Torri Hunter has told the Los Angeles Times he believes an out gay teammate would make him “uncomfortable”

“For me, as a Christian…I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, says it’s not right.  It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

Hunter a four-time All-Star and a 9-time Gold Glove winner’s  17-year-old son was arrested in Texas in may on charges of sexual abuse of a 16 year old girl who later recanted her story.

There’s been no word from any of Hunter’s Detroit Tigers teammates if being on a team with a homophobic bigot makes them uncomfortable.

Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar Suspended For 3 Games After Wearing Eyeback Which Read “You are a faggot”.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that shortstop Yunel Escobar will receive a 3 day suspension without pay and work with GLAAD and the You Can Play project, after he was seen with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black over the weekend after appearing at Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with the Spanish words “TU ERE MARICON” written on an eyeblack sticker, a black patch baseball players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun’s glare which translates into “You are a faggot”.

Bud Selig the current Commissioner of Major League Baseball in a prepared statement said:

“I consistently say that Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and that I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s diverse fan base deserves.  Mr. Escobar has admitted that his actions were a mistake and I am hopeful he can use this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to educate himself and others that intolerance has no place in our game or society.”

Escobar told reporters that the message was “just a joke” and that “maricon” is a meaningless word that’s often used among Latin players which if true, in itself is shameful that an anti-gay insult  has become so common that its derogatory nature isn’t readily apparent to those who use it.

Escobar will undergo sensitivity training and his lost salary will be donated to You Can Play Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

“I agree with the suspension. I don’t have any problem with that.  I’m sorry for my actions the other day. I don’t have anything against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay.”

Fact Check:  A majority of homophobes also say “I have friends who are gay”.

Just saying…….

Toronto Blue Jays Player Yunel Escobar Plays Game With Anti-Gay Slur Written Under His Eyes

Toronto Blue Jay shortstop in  stunning display of homophobia and insensitivity played Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with the Spanish words “TU ERE MARICON” written on an eyeblack sticker, a black patch baseball players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun’s glare which translates into  “You are a faggot.”

The Blue Jays released a statement late Monday night saying they do not support discrimination “nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game.”

“The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”

Escobar, who has a history of wearing eyeblack with phrases written on top, did not play in Sunday’s game after the incident due to “flu-like symptoms.”

* P credit – Tom Szczerbowski

Sports Stud Sunday – Chicago Cubs Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija, born January 23, 1985, in Merrillville, Indiana, is an American baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs
Samardzija throws a 2-seam fastball, 4-seam fastball, splitter, mixed in with a slider and a changeup. Samardzija’s fastball is clocked between 96mph-99mph and his changeup resides in the mid 80s and his slider is around the low 80s.
He’s also very easy on the eyes.

You have to love those cornfed miswestern boys!