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Are The Sports World’s Anti-Homophobia Campaigns Eradicating Homophobia In Sports?

Are The Sports World’s Anti-Homophobia Campaigns Eradicating Homophobia In Sports?

While more professional athletes have come out of the closet in the past year than in the past decade, one expert on homophobia in professional sports says the sports world is still the last great bastion of institutionalized homophobia. [Read More]

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Players celebrate goal with “French” kiss on the pitch

Players celebrate goal with “French” kiss on the pitch

Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, players with the French national team, celebrated a goal against Germany this past Wednesday with a kiss on the mouth and predictably, the webz went wild. According to French English-language newspaper The Local, #Debuchy was  [Read More]

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Anton Hysén sends a message supporting the Football v Homophobia Initiative [VIDEO]

Anton Hysén sends a message supporting the Football v Homophobia Initiative [VIDEO]

The third annual Football v Homophobia initiative ran between February 18 and 25, 2012 with the participation of clubs, activists, and individual players from around the world. The Football v Homophobia Initiative (FvH) is a global day against homophobia in  [Read More]

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I’m a Footballer. And I’m Gay.

This article was also posted on the soccer blog In Bed With Maradona on March 14, 2011. As a professional footballer with a pedigree, twenty year-old Anton Hysén could probably count on some column inches throughout his career. But with a  [Read More]

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Finally, a fotbollsspelaren

Finally, a fotbollsspelaren

It’s been two and a half weeks to the day since the second annual Football v Homophobia Initiative, which also fell on what would have been soccer player Justin Fashanu’s 50th birthday. Fashanu came out as gay to the press  [Read More]

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On birthdays, banners, bigotry and breakthroughs

On birthdays, banners, bigotry and breakthroughs

If he’d lived, today would have been footballer Justin Fashanu’s 50th birthday. The Norwich City FC, Fashanu’s club between ’79 and ’81, posthumously inducted him into their Hall of Fame earlier this week at Carrow Road. Norwich City’s Chief Executive  [Read More]

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Take Your Place in the Beautiful Game: Second Annual Football v Homophobia Initiative

Take Your Place in the Beautiful Game: Second Annual Football v Homophobia Initiative

For anti-homophobia advocates, the latter half of 2010 felt like a match decided in PKs: suspenseful, eventful, and outrageous. After a summer defined by the drama and pageantry of the World Cup, things went back to business as usual, and  [Read More]

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The Ultimate Equal Ground

The Ultimate Equal Ground

The day before yesterday, Vlatko Markovic, president of the Croatian Football Federation, declared “[w]hile I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team.” According to the Croatian Times, Markovic rounded out  [Read More]

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Soccer really can make the world a better place

This blog got some press recently in “The Great Game,” an article published in the July 2010 issue of INToronto Magazine (Ed. note: It appears that INToronto doesn’t mainatain an online archive; this article is no longer available). I was  [Read More]

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The Chosen Few

A year before my trip to Africa I went to the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Championship in London, UK. It was here that I was drafted to the same team as Craig, who would later become  [Read More]

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