On Saturday, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly-gay NFL player, when he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama congratulated both the team and the player on the situation.
“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our Nation’s journey,” a White House official told NBCNews.com. “From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
He’s right. We are who we are. And people need to feel comfortable being who they are. The rest of us need to find a way to be comfortable with it.
Michael Sam is comfortable being who he is, the Rams were comfortable with it, and the rest of us need to realize that and accept it.
Acceptance, not tolerance. The term “tolerance” implies that we don’t accept it but that we deal with it. The term “acceptance” means that there’s no issue or hesitation or temptation to resist.
Acceptance is a lot easier than it seems. It’s far simpler to not care about how someone else lives their life than it is to get all twisted in knots over something you can’t change.