Sports seems to play a big role in our conceptualization of gender. American Football is particularly heavily connected to the American conception of masculinity.
As a result, I am very interested to see how football, more specifically the corporate entity of the National Football League, addresses and handles the matter of homosexuality as American society itself rapidly evolves in its attitudes.
Corporate American, for all of its failings, has been ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting gay rights. To the extent that is has not promoted gay rights, it has been quick and forceful in its rejections of homophobia.
So, it was with interest that I read about meetings between the NFL and LBGT advocacy organizations.
Today, on HuffPost Live I joined a discussion about the this meeting:
What are your thoughts? What role can professional sports play in promoting a more open and tolerant society?