Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gay Top Athletes: The Ultimate Taboo?_survey

In recent years, some top British, German, Spanish, Australian and American gay sportsmen have come out of the closet.

Would it be possible for a homosexual athlete,  footballer or basketball player to become openly gay and visible in your country?

Give this question some thought and post your comment (anonymous or not) in English or in Spanish below.

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Anonymous said...

The truth is that in Spain being homosexual is in some places still considered as some kind of taboo, and mostly between the machos, including of course football fans. So I think that it is almost impossible to be a homosexual football player in Spain. Rival suporters would leave you alone, they would sing in the stadium just to show how much they hate you, so I think the presure would be too much to take. But I think that this happens in many countries, even in Belgium they wouldn't agree totally, but maybe they would have some more respect than in this spanish macho land.

Frodo Bolson de Bolson Cerrado said...

being homosexual in Spain is still a taboo, so being a football player can be even worse! (don't ask don't tell!)

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, Spain is not a macho land or, at least, it isn't compared to the majority of countries that have more restrictive laws about homosexuality, so I disagree with the former anonymous. As for a coming out of the closet of a footballer, I think that most of football fans are not interested in the private life of football players. Answering the question, I think it's totally possible a football player to make public his homosexuality, but I wonder why it would be necessary.

Kevin said...

In Ireland, i don't think it would be a problem anymore for a footballer to declare himself as being homosexual. Last summer Sean Og Cusack - a famous Gaelic football player - came out as gay and the public reaction was very positive from both urban and rural communities. In essence, nobody really cared about his sexuality but admired his courage in coming out.
I think most gay footballers would not like the publicity and prefer to wait until they retire.
So yes it is possible to be gay and play football.buts its a trivial matter for most people nowadays, people are more concerned with what players do on the field than off it.

Paul said...

Speaking from an English perspective I’d like to think that on the whole a footballer could be out as gay and it not have any adverse effect on his career. It’s a sad fact of life is there still is, and maybe always will be, homophobia in the work place. But we’ve come a long way since 1990 and the whole Justin Fashanu affair. Vast progress has even been made since the late 90’s when Graeme Le Saux was hounded with homophobic abuse – just for being educated and reading The Gaurdian!

The truth of the matter is that we just won’t know exactly how easy or hard it will until someone is brave enough to step forward. I personally look forward to the day that they do. The gay community in the UK has a enormous lack of positive role models. Having successful professional athletes who beat down the outdated camp and effeminate stereotype that is still so often labelled upon our community can only be a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Don't ask, don't tell? Isn't mere tolerance the friendly face of hypocrisy? What stays hidden does not exist, therefore, is not respected. If you stay invisible, you will not be respected for what you are. But if you have the balls to be out, fans (even homophobic ones!) will respect you for it, both on and off the pitch. And I am speaking from experience.


The Justin Campaign, which was founded in 2008, ten years after the tragic suicide of footballer Justin Fashanu who killed himself after the bullying he suffered being the only out top level gay footballer, has announced there will be an international day against homophobia in football on the 19th February.

Hoping that the day will act to highlight the huge issue there is concerning homophobia in the world of football, The Justin Campaign are encouraging national clubs to adopt the campaign’s logo for the day, as well promote anti-homophobia message to help spread the message.

Alongside this there will also be a number of grass roots events occuring with community football teams in both the UK and Europe planning to hold football matches and fun events under the banner of Football vs Homophobia.

The extent of the problem with homophobia in football was highlighted last year via research carried out by Stonewall who discovered that homophobic abuse was heard by fans at the majority of matches, but is equally apparent by the fact that more than ten years after the death of Fashanu the world of professional football has not seen any other players come out as either bi or gay.

Darren Ollerton, campaign director for The Justin Campaign doesn’t believe that the work done will act to only benefit football, but instead society as a whole saying “it’s not just about football, it’s about tackling homophobia in one of the country’s biggest instituitons, and in doing so, communicating a zero tolerance attitude to our nation and ultimately the world”.

Anonymous said...

Soy un joven madrileño y juego al fútbol en el equipo de mi barrio y en otro universitario. No creo que pase nada si se enteran de que soy gay. Mis amigos lo saben algunos, otros se lo imaginan. La gente se hace, es lo que hay. No voy a cambiar ni a jugar peor por ser marica.

Divisionel said...

Hola. Me llamo Manuel y tengo 24 años. Desde muy pequeño he jugado al fútbol en equipos federados. Desde mi experiencia puedo decir que depende mucho de los compañeros de tu propio equipo. Para mi fue imposible salir del armario ya que había mucha presión por un grupo de compañeros que iban de machitos. Yo en realidad iba a pasármelo bien y me daba igual. Seguían siendo mis amigos.
Aunque viéndolo de otra forma, no podía compartir mis gustos públicamente sin tener ningún tipo de represión social y propia (ya que el armario te obliga a mantenerlo en secreto y a avergonzarte por ello). Realmente es mucha presión y quizás por el miedo al rechazo preferí guardármelo para mí..
En la juventud la pertenencia al grupo "normal" lo es todo. Nadie quiere ser un marginado.
Para los futbolistas profesionales no se si deberían mezclar vida profesional con vida personal. A mi me gusta el fútbol. No me interesa la vida de ningún futbolista aunque a veces por admiración de su juego tenga curiosidad. Pero por supuesto deberían sentirse libres para mostrarse tal y como son.
La clave a mi modo de ver es cambiar la percepción y este tabú en la sociedad ya que hay muchas personas LGTBI's que han sido cruciales en nuestra historia.

Lo que he aprendido es que nuestro miedo es su fuerza. Así que tenemos que actuar con normalidad y quitar estos tabúes que en siglos anteriores se impusieron
Manuel Garre.

Diana Taurasi said...

For many sportsmen being gay is just taboo. It's something that a lot of guys think is a weakness and they look down upon it. That's a lot of upbringing. A lot of that is religion, so I think once they get past those things, maybe in the future.

Marta Robles said...

La asignatura pendiente en el fútbol es que alguien salga del armario. Pero también tengo que decir que lo ideal sería que a nadie le hiciera falta tener que hablar de sus tendencias sexuales, porque es una cosa que pertenece al ámbito de lo privado. Sin embargo. el fútbol es tan importante, llega a tanta gente y genera tantas emociones, que sería una buena manera de romper tabúes y que se normalizara más aún el hecho de que cada persona puede tener la tendencia sexual que le dé la gana. Es como si el mundo del fútbol no estuviera todavía preparado para aceptar la homosexualidad y por eso los futbolistas no quieren decir nada. Fíjense que cada vez que se apunta a un futbolista como posible homosexual, de inmediato aparece en las fotos con dos novias, una a cada lado.