As long as I’m the "face" of You Can Play we will be perceived as an organization run by a straight ally. And as long as straight people continue to dominate the conversation in the LGBT Sports movement, the word "ally" has truly lost all meaning. Whether intentional or not, straight people have co-opted and abused this movement to a degree that I am utterly uncomfortable with. With those thoughts in mind, last month I was honored to announce Wade Davis as Executive Director of You Can Play.
Patrick Burke on the role of LGBT allies and his decision to step aside to let former NFL player Wade Davis, who came out in 2012, become executive director of You Can Play (via vickyj)
"Allies have raised our profiles beyond what is necessary to help the LGBT community. It’s been a big year for allies to get famous, grab a book deal, win awards, maybe pocket some speaker’s fees for appearances. Resources that should be going to empower LGBT voices are instead going to enhance the visibility of straight people. We’ve created professional allies (or, as the history major in me would call them, mercenaries). We’ve created famous allies. Think of how absurd that concept is."
Awesome. I really think that “ally” is increasingly not a good identity to claim, and I watch out for people that do—whatever “allyness” is, it should be an action. It is speaking up when you should, and also stepping aside when you should. So when you mess up there’s no, “but I’m an ally” shit, because yo, right then you weren’t. -s