Commentary: There’s a little bit of good and bad in all of us and maybe sometimes we just don’t know any better. What’s important is that we learn from our mistakes and are willing to change.
Houston Texans owner Robert “Bob” McNair passed away on the day after Thanksgiving, sparking an outpouring of praise and condolences as well as negative thoughts and feelings about the man who brought professional football back to the Bayou City.
McNair will be remembered as the man who was awarded an NFL expansion franchise in 1999, replacing the recently departed Oilers. With that, Reliant Stadium, now NRG, was built and two Super Bowls were awarded to the city.
McNair was one of Texas’ biggest philanthropists; his foundations gave more than $500 million to scientific, literary, educational and faith-based organizations. He also donated $100 million to help build the Baylor College of Medicine, McNair Campus, which is located in close proximity to the Texas Medical Center and is home to two outstanding healthcare facilities.
That’s how most Houstonians will remember McNair. Some of us will recall how he made a large contribution to the anti-HERO campaign. Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) aimed to extend protections to gay and transgender residents. Opponents stoked fear by claiming it would allow men into women’s restrooms. After public backlash, McNair rescinded the contribution.
More recently McNair took flak for a comment he made about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” he said during an NFL owners meeting. He later apologized and said his words we not to be taken literally.
Perhaps learning a thing or two from the HERO debacle, McNair spoke out when the Texas legislature in 2017 was considering a “bathroom bill.”
“I don’t think we need it. There’s opposition in the House. I think there are other things more important going on in the world,” McNair was quoted as saying by the HoustonChronicle.com.
Bob McNair should be remembered for all the good he did for Houston and while some of his actions and words may have hurt at the time, he was willing to admit mistakes and learn from them. Let’s remember “to err is human, to forgive divine.” RIP, Bob!
Here’s are a few of the stories we’ve been following on the Houston Rainbow Herald Facebook page.
The Bayou City lost a hero on November 24. After a long and courageous struggle, Ray Hill died of heart failure at the Omega House Hospice, reports KPRC-TV. He was 78.
Hill was a civil rights activist for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community along with fighting for prison reform. His motto: “Get up every morning and do what’s right.”
Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement: “Ray Hill, my friend and warrior, has passed. Fighting for gay rights, human rights, criminal justice reforms, Ray was on the front line and helped pave the way for many others to follow. He was authentic, committed and respected.
Last week, when Ray Hill posted on Facebook that his heart capacity was at 10 percent, many of his friends had the same retort: At 10 percent, Ray’s heart was still bigger and stronger than most other people’s at 100 percent. It’s true. Ray had a heart for justice, equality and acceptance for decades, and he followed his heart into the streets, courtrooms, city council chambers, legislative hearing rooms, jails, prisons and radio stations of our city and state, advocating for his causes well before they became popular. I’m one of many people who agreed with him about his important causes now. But such positions are relatively easy to take and express now that Ray has blazed the trail. Rest in peace, Ray Hill.”
Save a horse, ride a cowboy. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Jeff Rohrer, the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker who recently came out, married his boyfriend, skin-care expert Joshua Ross, reports Outsports.com.
Rohrer is the first publicly out gay former NFL player to be married to another man. “We’re the one for each other,” Rohrer told People.com. “It’s unexpected, but it’s undeniable. And people can see it when they’re around us. We’re in a good place now, and I’m thankful to not have to live in the shadows.”
Rohrer, a second round draft pick from Yale University, played with the Cowboys from 1982 to 1989.
First they lose the House, then an NFL player marries another man, and now lesbians are kissing at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Conservatives are should be about to explode. The annual parade viewed by millions each year featured its first-ever lesbian kiss on live TV, reports PinkNews.com.
“The passionate embrace, which took place during a performance of ‘Build a Prom’ from the new Broadway musical The Prom, was broadcast by NBC to an estimated audience of 50 million people who tuned in for the annual parade through the streets of New York City,” according to the report.
The play is about a queer teenager in Indiana whose high school prom is cancelled after the authorities find out a lesbian student wants to bring her girlfriend to the event.
One hater tweeted: “What a horrible start to Macy parade. NBC and Macy’s should be ashamed of displaying a Lesbian kiss. This is why we do not watch NBC or shop at Macy’s. Not thankful for this.”
OK, everyone; you know where to do your Christmas shopping now. See you at Macy’s.