The Basketball Fan in Chief has spoken: Barack Obama's campaign is the Miami Heat, Mitt Romney's is Jeremy Lin. As basketball metaphors go, this is something of a deep cut. But is it really the comparison that Obama wants to make? And, more to the point, what does it even mean?
The last decade has seen an explosion of gay sports bars in America's large cities: Crew in Chicago, Gym Bar and Boxers in New York, Woofs in Atlanta, Sidelines in Ft. Lauderdale, and more. These bars are a coming out party for a long-standing subculture of out fans—and athletes—that have been trapped between competing stereotypes for decades. And on the business front, their success is undeniable.