Ten Coloradans who should make an "It Gets Better" video
This week we told you about Andy Szekeres, a partner in the political consulting and fundraising firm 3PG, who is indirectly urging the Denver Broncos football organization to make an "It Gets Better" video, much like everyone from the President Obama to Ke$ha to the New York Yankees has already done. And that got us thinking, what other Coloradans should get on the It Gets Better wagon, helmed by sex advice columnist Dan Savage? Well, quite a few actually! Here are our top ten, who are, coincidentally or not, mostly middle-aged white guys.
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John Elway, Broncos legend, executive VP of football operations for the team
Why he might: There's already been at least one local request for the team to make one (see above). There's a stigma in the NFL against gay athletes, who remain closeted. Elway, who pisses manly excellence, could do much to break down those walls.
Why he might not: Elway's a big Republican donor, and conservatives are rightly or wrongly known for ignoring LGBT issues (in favor of a "traditional family" agenda) and, at worst, posting insane photos of ugly lesbians adopting America's children.
Pete Coors, Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and Chairman of MillerCoors
Why he might: That Schmitt's Gay SNL spoof so many years ago felt like a gayer Coors Light commercial anyway, despite the bottle's Bud Light-like label. But more importantly, Coors "provided benefits to the partners of its gay and lesbian employees, in addition to promoting its beer in gay bars."
Why he might not: Coors said during a run for U.S. Senate in 2004 that he didn't support same-sex marriage -- which isn't the same thing as encouraging teenagers confused about their sexual orientation to commit suicide, but it doesn't bode well for a Coors video spot.
Jim Daly, Focus on the Family president
Why he might: Because it'd be one of the biggest domestic news stories of the day, leading to more stories and press devoted to the Colorado Springs-based Holy Christian Empire. This is of course assuming that FotF recognizes that being gay is in one's biological makeup and not something that can be "prayed away." But what a move toward tolerance in this country it would be if Jim Daly even went halfway with something like, "You'll find your way soon enough. It gets better."
Why he might not: Because he's the president of Focus on the Family. What would make for an earnest move toward tolerance would also mean potential funding losses in the millions. Plus, no one wants to get on James Dobson's bad side.
Dr. Paul Cameron, chairman of the Colorado Springs-based Family Research Institute
Why he might: Because it may snow in Hell one day.
Why he might not: Cameron has written papers associating homosexuality with perpetration of child sexual abuse and reduced life expectancy, and his Family Research Institute is known for its essay, "Can Anything Be Done to Stop Gay Rights?" So we're betting no.
Michelle Malkin, Fox News contributor, columnist, blogger
Why she might: The Colorado Springs resident would extend an olive branch to the gay community and its bullied teenagers by doing an It Gets Better ad -- plus, it's bound to boost ratings during her on-air appearances for the Fox News Channel.
Why she might not: Defender of anti-gay marriage activists, Malkin stands up for those who defend hetero-marriage from crazy, hate-filled homos.