Previously I’ve spoken on the matter of racism, one of those difficult topics to talk about, without getting lambasted from every corner or, hopefully not, upsetting someone. Another subject that draws similar response is that of peoples sexuality…
I’m not and never have been a follower of football (soccer for my American readers), as far as I’m concerned, it’s just twenty-two people kicking the wrong shaped bag of wind around a field, and getting grotesque amounts of money for doing so. It does however concern me that the sport, is apparently one of the last bastions of homophobia.
I understand that apparently, there are currently around 5,000 professional footballers in Britain, that fact could probably help to clear the national debt if they were mindful to make donations to the public purse however; apparently none of them are openly gay. I’ve never really understood the individual desire, or need, to proclaim ones sexual preference from the rooftops but, if that is your want, so be it.
Still too much stigma in a (supposedly) ‘macho’ sport perhaps? But, is there a need for anyone to broadcast their sexuality from the rooftops, simply because of ‘celebrity’ status? It must be about the individuals ‘desire’ to tell, as opposed to the public’s ‘need’ to know! I’m looking forward to the program, perhaps I’ll gain better understanding of the issues…
- Gay footballers should feel free to come out, say fans (independent.co.uk)
- The ‘gay for Thierry Henry’ outpouring heralds a new openness | Paul Flynn (guardian.co.uk)
- Footie news: Homophobia in soccer is rapped by new doc (thesun.co.uk)
- The silence over gay footballers (bbc.co.uk)