Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Getting on TV for doing the right thing brings positive reaction

It's a rare day that I watch sports and even more rare that I get featured on TV.  But this was that day.

On Monday evening WFAA Channel 8 Sports anchor, Dale Hanson, aired his "Unplugged" opinion segment in support of Michael Sam, the future NFL player who just came out.  Dale correctly recognized the monumental step that this young man was taking and very succinctly put to task those who oppose his entrance into the "manly" world of sports.

Being a social media person I immediately took to WFAA's Facebook page to thank Dale and to discuss the story with the various people who logged comments.  I must say I was happily surprised to see 95% of the 1,562 comments were positive.  The story has been shared 566 times and 4,562 likes.

This morning when I woke up my Twitter, Facebook and phone texts were filled with congratulations.   My comments were read on the air live on WFAA's morning show.  I had friends contacting me from all over my sphere and it was a great way to start the day.  I feel passionately about inclusion and standing up for my community.  And for a man of Dale Hansen's position to take such a progressive stand deserved praise and applause.  Many would have simply reported the news and stayed quiet.  He stood up, called it like he saw it, and that is what makes a leader.

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