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Dale Hansen on Michael Sam Coming Out

February 25th, 2014 by Dave · 2 Comments

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri student who is expected to be drafted in the NFL, recently came out. Public reaction has been mixed, with some NFL personnel saying that they wouldn’t be comfortable having a gay player in the locker room. This video, featuring Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, offers a powerful response to these complaints, highlighting the hypocrisy and double standards that such prejudices require. The video is quite short (just about 2 minutes) and would make a great addition to a class discussion on sports, current events or equal rights.

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  • 1 rob // Feb 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Unfortunately many ELTs live in countries where alternative lifestyles are not only frowned upon but illegal. Bringing a video such as this would would cause for dismissal. i’m always left with questions as to what i might or might not be able do to further equal rights. As it is we support our gay friends, colleagues and students to the best of our ability without putting our jobs at risk. The dark secret about the incidence of homosexuality in societies which publicly disparage them is that it really isn’t a secret. There is a “gay” scene in the MENA region which anyone who is looking can find, if they want.

  • 2 Dave // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Great point! One issue we’ve faced here in the US is the bullying of nontraditional MENA students by other students from their region. We’ve added some diversity materials to our orientation, but it is still difficult at times.

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