Micheal Sam an up in coming football player came out of the closet recently; Along with Ellen page and Michelle Rodriguez this week. The coming out factor can be seen by some as a phase because many in the public eye are deciding to do so. The popular Macklemore song “same love” comes to the LGBT world’s defense with his song about equality. And lady Gaga has always been a highly known supporter of the gay community. Although, the exposure is definitely a positive thing for the gay community it can also cause people to wonder if coming out is beginning to be a trend. The world has amazingly become much more receptive towards the topic but some are still skeptics. Does the coming out of these celebrities hurt or benefit the LGBT community?
Ellen page says in her speech that she could no longer continue to hurt herself by remaining in the closet. She says that because of her position in the public eye her coming out is a positive thing for the community. I happen to agree that celebrities coming out can give many gay in the closet people more hope, courage and strength. But people that oppose homosexuality can also argue that it is now becoming the popular choice opposed to simply accepting that people do in fact feel this way. Coming out is a big deal; but there may always still be negative backlash that comes along with doing so. Micheal Sam may or may not be accepted in the NFL once he is recruited but will he be treated differently now that fans know the truth?