Gotta love that banner! AFC Wimbledon, helping combat homophobia in football (soccer)! And, as noted by John Green (also backed by PinkNews), they were the first football club in Britain to join the Football Fans Against Homophobia campaign!
“AFC Wimbledon is an inclusive club where everyone is welcome, regardless of their background. Discrimination of any kind has no place on the terraces, on the pitch or in the dressing room. We are therefore lending our support to the campaign, and Saturday’s home match against Accrington Stanley is dedicated to the fight against homophobia. The club’s management and players urge supporters to help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.” – AFC Winbledon
In no great surprise, new research from sociologists at the universities of Kent and Winchester have found that young, soon-to-be professional football players (16-18 years-old, and ‘soccer’ players to Americans) are much more likely to openly accept gay players. Out of the 22 individuals interviewed, all said they supported one of their colleagues coming out.
Dr Roberts said: ‘The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.
In a match between football (soccer for us Americans) clubs St Pauli and Paderborn, supporters and fans of St Pauli held up rainbow signs with the words “Alerta Network” in protest against homophobia. The Alerta Network, is a self-described “antifascist movement” and organized the protest.
Check out the video after the jump!
Last February, Robbie Rogers wrote a letter coming out of the closet and announcing his retirement. Since then, the public hasn’t heard too much from him but today the silence was broken in a lengthy interview with The Guardian. He spoke about what it was like being a closeted footballer, and why he decided to come out and leave the sport he loves so dearly.
Rogers describes the “impossibility” of being out and playing soccer and what it was like in the locker room:
Robbie Rogers came out just a few days ago, and announced his retirement at the same time. Support has been pouring in for Rogers ever since, many hoping he will get back on the pitch and continue playing in the future. The New York Times has as many, many more!
Gay acceptance in sports!