Homophobia can no longer be just ‘part of the game’

Correct. I mean it's easy for people to say it's a minor problem when they're not the ones who deal with the consequences.

18 Apr 2014
Sport is no leader on fighting homophobia, but the time has come

You make diamonds with time and pressure. You need both, though.

18 Apr 2014
Sport is no leader on fighting homophobia, but the time has come

Outlier, I think it's great that you're asking genuine questions and wanting to learn more, even when your instinctive position may be that you don't agree with parts of this discussion. Open-mindedness is key. Re dressing rooms, the main point is that women are more likely to feel sexually threatened or self-conscious with men around, so they need their own space. Men aren't likely to feel threatened by women. It could be embarrassing but In professional sports men tend to walk around locker rooms and showers in front of female journalists, medicos and so on without a worry. I can't see any reason for men to feel threatened by gay teammates. Disapproving of homosexuality might not manifest in an aggressive way, but it does still send a message that the person is sinful or wrong, when they're not doing anything to deserve that. Being gay isn't a 'lifestyle', you either are or you aren't. If it were a choice, it's hard to imagine people would choose the undoubtedly more difficult life.

18 Apr 2014
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