“It Gets Better” at the Super Bowl

Sports, “the last closet,” are rapidly becoming less homophobic

The Super Bowl is much more than just a game, more than an athletic contest between two teams on a football field. Over the years it has, for better or worse or both, become something of a national holiday, drawing a wide cross-section of viewers, earning record television ratings year after year, and featuring commercials with 30-second price tags worth millions of dollars.

In the week leading up to the actual event, an all-out media frenzy develops as seemingly every news outlet from Manitoba to Mars send reporters into the fray, eagerly awaiting stories of hoodied coaches, deer antler spray, or whatever becomes important to that particular year’s spectacle. In this way the Super Bowl is an indication of our nation’s pulse, our national dialogue. It often includes much of what makes sports in America both beautiful and ugly.

Which is why all the discussion concerning gay rights and marriage equality at this year’s Super Bowl was so significant, even if much of it was so disagreeable.

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