John Amaechi Named to Salon’s 2007 List of Sexiest Men Living

John Amaechi: Salon’s Sexiest Men Living

One of the last things you expect from a former professional basketball player is humility, but earlier this year, when John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out of the closet (considered to be sexy in its own right) it became clear during his rounds of the media that he was not only scholarly, handsome and smart, but more than happy to cut himself down to size. On “The Daily Show,” when Jon Stewart chided him about being British, he deadpanned: “There’s one [British player] in Chicago now, but he’s actually good.”

Thomas Rogers writes in Salon:

For those of us with distaste for the machismo and egocentrism that often accompany professional sports, and, despite that, a predilection for tall athletes in shorts, Amaechi’s self-deprecation is beyond refreshing — it’s hot. Combine that with a British accent, a sharp sense of humor, a delightfully screwy dental structure, and a history of vocal opposition to the National Rifle Association, and you’ve got my vote for the gay male heartthrob of the year.

It’s as if Amaechi decided to single-handedly destroy all of our preconceptions about professional basketball players at once. Sure, he’s gay. But he’s also a political activist. He’s completing his Ph.D. in child psychology. He writes poetry. He drinks Early Grey tea. He makes introspective YouTube videos about his height. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Professional basketball doesn’t just need more openly gay players. It needs more John Amaechis. And so do we.

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Hillary: No Way Gay! But, Then, Is America Ready for a Straight Woman President?

Hillary Sets It Straight for Those Who Really Care: Nope, I’m Still Not Gay!

The Presidential Candidate Addresses the Ongoing Rumors about Her Sexuality

Yesterday, there were news sources reporting that The Advocate, the gay tabloid that is sometimes only one notch above Perez Hilton in trying to find “gay” everywhere, has published an interview with Senator Hillary Clinton, in which she directly addresses the long-persisting underground rumors that she is a lesbian.  Have you been sitting on the edge of your seat with breathless anticipation for years, waiting to hear the truth about all of this “straight” from the horse’s mouth?  Well, Rebecca Traister over at Salon has been fretting about this very question for years, and here’s what she was relieved to find out:

“Have you been stewing over this very question since you first saw her on “60 Minutes” in 1992?  Can you not wait another second to get the good word?  Then you’ll find it utterly mind-blowing to discover that, nope, Hillary Clinton’s not gay.

According to the New York Daily News, Advocate News and Features Editor Sean Kennedy described Clinton as a feminist who knows what it’s like to be discriminated against for simply being who you are.  Kennedy went on to say, “although her campaign is loath to talk about it, Clinton is a woman who enemies have tried more than once to caricature as ‘lesbian.’  So she knows firsthand the stigma associated with homosexuality.”

Nevertheless, Kennedy asked Clinton directly how she responds to “the occasional rumor that you’re a lesbian.”  Clinton replied, “People say a lot of things about me, so I really don’t pay any attention to it … It’s not true, but it is something that I have no control over.  People will say what they want to say.”

Apparently this response didn’t provide enough clarity for The Daily News, which just had to follow up by calling Kennedy themselves, just to double-check that he didn’t think she was lying or anything.  “I 100 percent believe she’s a straight, heterosexual woman,” Kennedy told the paper.”

So there you have it.  Hillary Clinton has officially declared she’s not a lesbian, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Again, for all of you folks who are sitting at home keeping score on this issue with our national politicians, Hillary Clinton is not a lesbian.  Anyway, she graduated from Wellesley, not from Smith!!

But that Still Leaves Open Another Important Issue: Sex and the Presidency

Is America Ready for a Woman President?

But does Hillary really have a chance to win the election and serve as our first woman president?  In Tuesday night’s excellent “Daily Show” Samantha Bee segment, Bee transforms herself into a very believable Carrie Bradshaw as she wonders, in her most perfect Sarah Jessica Parker tones, “Now that women can be ‘doctresses, body-buildtrixes and firemenwomen,’ Is America ready for a woman president?

The entire clip is extremely amusing, but the best part is probably when Bee goes wandering around the sample sales with her very feminist friend Kim Gandy, “who is the lady president of some lady thing.”  (That would be the National Organization for Women).  Why don’t you just watch this very funny clip for yourself:

Is America Ready for a Woman President?

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