Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon
Ayanbadejo has compared gay marriage foes to members of the Klu Klux
Men's fashion glossy GQ named
Ayanbadejo an “honorary gay” for his marriage equality advocacy.
Ayanbadejo told Fox
Sports that he “really embraces” the award.
“I have broad shoulders,” he said.
“I know what it's like to feel ridiculed. But at the same time,
when people make fun of me, I know I'm on the right side of history.
A lot of people said, 'he's an honorary gay! Is he gay? Oh, you're
gay! Who would want to be honorary gay?' But I know when we look
back at all these people who are against gay rights, it will be like
looking at people who wore white for the Ku Klux Klan. That's
basically how I identify it.”
“Then again, since I'm a straight
guy, I didn't know how much LGBT people were persecuted from those
against it. The more people fought me on it and were against it, it
was like a bodybuilder in a weight room. The bigger and stronger I
got on the issue. Now, I'm freakin' He-Man when it comes to people
trying to take away LGBT rights. It really perturbs me more than it
ever did before. Growing up in a biracial family and being a product
of that, it kind of built me into what I am today. I could identify
with a lot of things the LGBT community deals with now in