As I’m contemplating on my next show and what’s needed to get the show to be what I envisioned…a show that’s empowering, a show that is informative, a show that is a CONVERSATION STARTER…I’m wondering which way should I go. “WHAT WOULD she DO?” is all of those things but I want MORE. I want people to be enlightened and feel like they walked away with a “understanding” and/or a cause.
As I embark on this journey of CHANGE…I wonder what that looks like, what it sounds like…what it feels like. I want the community to get involved, get excited…GET MAD!
So here’s my first topic:
In the wake of Jason’s Collins’ (the first openly gay nba player) announcement that “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” there has been a lot of talk and speculation about his life BEFORE the announcement.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Mr. Collins states, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her.” As I read that statement, I wondered what that must feel like and thought how painful that must be. What happened to that woman? I wondered how that must feel and about the different emotions she may be going through.
Initially, I thought the topic might be “Men who have sex with men and say they’re not gay.” Yeah, that raisies a few eyebrows but it’s deeper than that. In a society, where homosexuality has been shunned, this must be a terrible feeling…not being able to be true to yourself. When does that secret become malicious? How do you get young boys and girls to come to terms with who they are? Who do you tell, how do you tell?
There’s a side of “coming out” that hasn’t been examined…I want to go there.
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For the full Jason Collins’ interview with Sports Illustrated please click on the link below