What's in a name?
It depends. In the fabled song A Boy Named Sue, the central character grows up with an effeminate monniker, and grows up tough as nails because of it.
But this is different. This dude is Gay. With a capital 'G'. And I get to giggling like an orgasmic dolphin when he makes headlines on ESPN.
Len Pasquarelli just posted an article with several insufferable phrases:
"the Patriots made Gay three months ago"
"Having Gay healthy again"
"New York Jets brought Gay in for a visit last month"
"the Patriots gained Gay's exclusive rights"
"Gay is expected to compete for a nickel"
Yeah, I need to grow up. So does everyone else that gives him a rash of shit every day for it. But why not change it? In a different age, that name had a different meaning. Now it means something else entirely. If he wants to keep his family legacy, he should change his name to any of a number of synonyms. Mirthful would do. Festive or frivolous has a ring to it. Joyful or bouncy brings a smile.
But Gay? Why keep Gay? His great-great grandparents would be horrified.