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15 February 2013 @ 06:46 pm
The 25-year-old made the announcement on his blog, at the same time confirming his retirement from the game.
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Current Location: Chile, Concepción
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Originally posted by jenny_jenkins at The Man Who Doesn't Actually Exist: A Conversation With A Gay Bundesliga Footballer.

Note: The translation in English is in this post. The German original (in full) can be found AT THIS LINK which directs to the magazine.

Interview translated in full by jenny_jenkins and sashatwen



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THE MAN WHO DOESN'T ACTUALLY EXIST: A CONVERSATION WITH A GAY BUNDESLIGA FOOTBALLER


We’ve spoken for a long time but it was unclear until recently if we would ever meet. I enter the room and find a visibly overwhelmed young man who would obviously love to run away in the next moment. He stays. No one is allowed to know about this meeting, because it never happened. In spite of his huge misgivings he speaks for the first time about his sexuality, one that has no place in the world of football.


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Once again: The German original (in full) can be found AT THIS LINK which directs to the magazine.
 
 
05 August 2012 @ 03:03 pm

Last night a TV special on homophobia in football called 'FC Gay' was aired on Dutch television. Dutch football might be up for some serious change, after FA chairman announces a big campaign to help ban homophobia from football.

The TV special, earlier mentioned here b/c of douchebaggery by Ajax manager Frank de Boer, had everyone involved in professional football shedding their light on the issue. Interviews with analysts, supporters, managers, prof footballers and gay ex-footballers provided a good picture of the situation and the biases and fears surrounding it.

Fortunately the program moved beyond the usual statements of 'We have no problem with gay footballers, but other people probably do'. The Chairman of the Dutch FA (KNVB) stated that the association acknowledges the problem and that they're setting up a big national campaign after callaborating with all big Dutch LGBT associations. The campaign is set to start on International Coming Out Day, on October 11th.

Dutch info/ link to watch

Since everyone is paying attention to the olympics this is prolly not getting the attention it deserves, so I thought I'd share. This is why I love my country, tbh. Hopefully they'll handle it well and achieve some change and be an example to other prominent football associations.

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25 July 2012 @ 08:05 pm

Gay-rights organization COC isn’t pleased with the coach of AFC Ajax, Frank de Boer. In a BNN promo, regarding a special about homosexuality within the world of football, De Boer says: ”If you look at the gay man, I think, he is somewhat less sporty, most of the time. The motor skills, normally, usually stand out when you look at gay people. Perhaps that’s the reason.”


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He said that in a response to the question why there are so few gay people in (Dutch) professional football. COC now wants the coach to apologize for his words because he affirmed a certain stereotype. De Boer reacted on Twitter: ”Football belongs to everyone, also to gays. I regret all the commotion. The statement was removed from context.” His twin brother Ronald also responded through Twitter: ”I don’t know what’s going on exactly, but my brother has nothing against gays and isn’t the type who hurts people. #StormInATeaCup”

The promo video was removed from the website after pressure from AFC Ajax. But luckily the whole special, called ”FC Gay”, will be shown on Dutch television on the 4th of August. The entire evening will be all about breaking the taboo that surrounds the subject. BNN will advocate for the acceptance of gays in the world of football. Guests that evening will be the president of the Royal Dutch Football Association, two ex-football players (one of them being gay himself) and a football journalist.

Of course this could all be a clever way to bring more attention to their special. Because we’re dealing with BNN here, who also fooled the world with their Big Donor Show. Let’s hope that this is a similar situation.

FC Gay, Saturday August 04, 19:55, Nederland 3.

Sources: [WTF.nl] [Veronica Magazine] [Twitter]

 
 
Liverpool FC has agreed to being officially represented at Liverpool Pride 2012. As the first football club to support a Pride event, LFC will provide a banner featuring the club crest with LFC staff and LFC Ladies FC (the women's team) marching together with LFC LGBT and other supporters at Liverpool Pride.
LFC will also have a stall at the market place selling various LFC merchandise on the day at the Pier Head.
Other football supporters are also welcome on the march and Liverpool Pride may register other team's supporters if you don't want to march behind an LFC banner.
The march musters at William Brown Street from 11am, setting off at midday. We're registered in the march and Liverpool Pride Stewards will be able to direct you to the right part of the muster.

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Photography by Mike McGregor

Megan Rapinoe is learning to be comfortable in the spotlight. She’s got to be; it’s enthusiasts who keep soccer alive.


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25 June 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Hey everyone,

We are still looking for volunteers to join Red Card Homophobia! If you ever have had any idea about what you would like to see RCH do now is your chance to act on it.  You will have the ability to help maintain our social media sites, the blog, and forum.

If it sounds like something you are interested in please email us (redcardhomophobia@gmail.com) the following information:
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18 June 2012 @ 11:11 pm

Hello everyone!

As you may have noticed, RCH has not been very active of late and it is because we have lost a few mods and there are increasing time restraints on those who remain.  

In order for RCH to remain active we need new volunteers to join our team.

Obviously we are going to continue to promote equality in football and the community and blog are not going to disappear, but in order for RCH to reach its full potential (or get back to the momentum we had last summer) we need new volunteers to join.

We are looking to fill a variety of positions, varying from maintaining social media sites, writing articles, and promoting RCH through different means. If you just have a general interest in joining please still comment below or email us, every helping hand counts! All we ask for is teamwork and dedication to the cause.

We have a lot of ideas on where we want to take RCH but we are unable to reach our goals without help.

Please comment below with the following information (comments will be screened) or email it to redcardhomophobia@gmail.com
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16 May 2012 @ 09:28 pm


In the picture: Iraia Iturregui, captain of the femenine team; Josu Urrutia, President of the Club and Carlos Gurpegi, captain of the male team.

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Liverpool FC teamed up with Football v Homophobia to host an awareness-raising tournament at the club's Kirkby Academy.


A total of 12 teams took part in the three-hour event which culminated in a hard-fought final that pitted Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service against Mersey Marauders FC.


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