The past few weeks for John Amaechi have been a rollercoaster ride that is definitely not for the faint of heart. His decision to disclose his sexuality has been met with mixed reactions from the public, the GLBT community, and of course the NBA, specifically Tim Hardaway.
I recently had the pleasure to meet John at a book signing for Man In The Middle, and although I'd been impressed with his numerous television appearances, I walked away from the event very proud to know that he is out in the world speaking about issues that are important to me in such a positive and articulate manner.
Let's be honest, his 6'9 frame, dashing good looks, athletic prowess, and masculinity defies most common stereotypes that are believed to be true about gay men. Throughout the night John repeatedly down played his role in sparking the conversation around sexuality in America and the NBA, suggesting that we as non-celebrities are much braver in our everyday lives.
Amid negative criticism and even death threats by some, John Amaechi is affecting change in our world and causing people to re-examine their thoughts around sexuality and the treatment of GLBT people.
In the days leading up to John's appearance I filmed a video blog for abovethelife.com on the effects of homophobia and my response to the Tim Hardaway scandal. At the end of the video there is footage from John's appearance here in Atlanta. It was filmed outside on a windy day, so try to ignore the wind as it will quickly pass. I look forward to reading your comments.
The Effects of Homophobia
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