Tag Archives: Lesbians in sports

ILD: Julie Bindel: “Martina remains a role model for all lesbians. She set a standard, and she made a difference, by breaking barriers and being brave.”

By Julie Bindel

I will never forget watching Martina Navratilova play at Wimbledon the year after she came out as a lesbian. It was the 1982 tournament and the backlash against her had been brutal.

Very deeply courageous and principled, Martina once estimated that she lost around US$10 million in endorsement deals as corporate executives rushed to distance themselves from her at a time when anti-gay bigotry was sky high within the context of the AIDS crisis.

Martina was the very first lesbian role model of my generation. I was 20 years old during that tournament, and I heard from lesbians of all ages about the pride they felt at being able to tell those friends and family members that were not comfortable about lesbianism that Martina was one of them. The only other lesbians I had seen on TV were the characters in The Killing of Sister George, portrayed as twisted and damaged individuals, so having a sports superstar on our team was amazing.

Clearly not everyone felt the same. The Australian retired tennis player Margaret Court, who had won at Wimbledon three times, said in 1990 that although Navratilova is a “great player” she would like to see somebody win, “to whom the younger players can look up to”. Court, a born again Christian, said that as far as she was concerned, “it is very sad for children to be exposed to homosexuality.”

Continue reading: https://lesbianandgaynews.com/2021/07/julie-bindel-martina-remains-a-role-model-for-all-lesbians-she-set-a-standard-and-she-made-a-difference-by-breaking-barriers-and-being-brave/ (source)

ILD: Lesbian Olympian rocks the basketball court

July 16 2021: TUCSON, Az. – The global audience of the It Gets Better Project received a glimpse into the lives of LGBTQ+ athletes who won’t let setbacks keep them from achieving their dreams in its new series “Passion. Power. Performance,” which streamed last month.

The docu-series shares inspirational stories behind proud LGBTQ+ athletes who are out and training for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which episode one featured Arizona-based paralympic basketball player for Team USA, Courtney Ryan.

“I want to be an inspiration because you see me on the court doing some crazy tricks, tilting in a chair, doing all of this stuff that you wouldn’t expect,” Ryan said. “That’s what I love about wheelchair basketball — we get the opportunity to change perceptions and change ideas of what disability should look like. We aren’t fragile. We are competitors, and we’re ready to prove that,” she added.

Out and Training for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Sports have always been part of Ryan’s life – and that didn’t change after she became paraplegic. Watch how with the support of her sister, she came out, and is changing perceptions of disability.

Continue reading and watch Courtney’s account: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/07/16/lesbian-olympian-rocks-the-basketball-court-while-doing-wheelies/ (source)

ILD: Meet Portia Modise, Africa’s highest goalscorer and lesbian icon

Former South Africa striker Portia Modise doesn’t care if the football community loves her. She doesn’t care if you like her outspoken manner, or the way she dresses, or that she loves women.

She’s the only African footballer to score 100 international goals, and represented her country for 15 years from the age of 16. But if you don’t want to give her respect for that, or her countless achievements on the field, she’s not too fussed about that either.

One of the first openly gay [sic] players in the global game, Modise says she only cares about furthering women’s football in South Africa, protecting female players from harassment, and being a voice for the LGBTQ+ community in her country.

Today, 21 years after her debut in 2000, the out footballers in Africa can be counted on one hand, but interestingly include her captaincy successor for Banyana Banyana, Janine van Wyk.

Despite hard-earned legal freedoms and constitutional rights won since apartheid [same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006], much of the LGBTQ+ community in South Africa lives in perpetual fear of violence.

Murder and ‘corrective rape’, during which women are violated to ‘fix’ their queerness [sic], are still an epidemic for Black women in particular. There have been over 20 recorded LGBTQ+ hate crime murders locally since February 2021.

For Modise, the especially brutal rape and murder of national teammate and fellow activist Eudy Simelane in 2008, who was stabbed 25 times, further spurred her on in her fight for fair treatment, and was a factor in her exit from the team for four years.

Continue reading: https://www.espn.co.uk/football/south-africa-rsaw/story/4417448/meet-portia-modiseafricas-highest-goalscorer-and-defiant-gay-icon (source)

Turkey: public support for lesbian volleyball star attacked over sexuality

Homophobia has become a rallying cause for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as it has for fellow populists Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Andrzej Duda, who also rely on polarizing issues to whip up support. However, in a stunning rebuke of the Turkish strongman’s anti-gay rhetoric, Turks of all stripes came out in defense of Turkish Olympic volleyball star Ebrar Karakurt when she faced online abuse after posting intimate photos of herself with a woman on Instagram. …

Erdogan has taken to homophobic salvos of late and makes no secret of his disapproval for lesbians. “Let’s not dwell on what lesbians shmezbians say. Let us heed our mothers. The mother is the pillar of the family,” he said in February, at the height of mass protests over his appointment of a despised rector to Istanbul’s Bogazici University. Melih Bulu’s first order of business was to ban the university’s LGBT club.

Turkey’s interior minister has called gay people “perverts” and Gay Pride marches have been banned since 2016. Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women, a document that was championed by Erdogan in his reformist days, was justified on the grounds that it somehow encouraged homosexuality. The anti-gay messaging is also being spread by the powerful State Religious Affairs Directorate. Its president, Ali Erbas, claimed in a sermon last year that homosexuality “brings disease in its wake and causes generational rot and decay.”

Yildiz Tar, media and communication program coordinator for Kaos GL, Turkey’s oldest LGBT+ advocacy group, said she wasn’t surprised by the sea of support for Karakurt. “We have made huge strides. Turkey’s society is far more accepting of the LGBT+ community but the government has fallen behind society and is persisting in anachronistic and homophobic policies,” Tar told Al-Monitor.

Continue reading at: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/turks-rally-around-olympic-volleyball-star-attacked-over-sexuality (Source)

Sporza journalist dismissed for sexist and lesbophobic comments about Belgian Basketball Team

On Saturday afternoon, a video circulated on the internet showing Eddy Demarez making homophobic remarks towards the Belgian Cats as they arrived at the airport. The reporter said “there is only one straight on the team.”
Not knowing he was on the air, he continued to say revolting things, comparing Billie Massey to “a mountain. Have you ever looked at her? She’s a colossus,” he said to a colleague before continuing his inappropriate monologue by making an inappropriate joke about Emma Meesseman and continuing to attack other players.

“The Mestdaghs, one is a lesbian, the other is not. Carpréaux is a man.”

Sporza and VRT have announced the immediate suspension of Eddy Demarez who will no longer comment until further notice.

(Translated)

Ce samedi après-midi, une vidéo a circulé sur internet. On y voit Eddy Demarez tenir des propos homophobes envers les Belgian Cats alors qu’elles arrivaient à l’aéroport. Le journaliste prétend “qu’il n’y a qu’une hétéro dans l’équipe.”
Ne se sachant pas à l’antenne, il continue ensuite à tenir des propos nauséabonds en comparant Billie Massey à “une montagne. Tu l’as déjà bien regardée ? C’est une colosse”, déclare-t-il à l’un de ses confrères avant de poursuivre son monologue malsain en réalisant un jeu de mots douteux sur Emma Meesseman ou en continuant à attaquer d’autres joueuses.

“Les Mestdagh, une est lesbienne, l’autre pas. Carpréaux est un homme.”

Sporza et VRT ont annoncé la suspension immédiate d’Eddy Demarez qui ne commentera plus jusqu’à nouvel ordre.
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U.S: Lesbian Soccer Star Rapinoe Attacked Over Symbolic Support of Racial Justice

The American soccer team lost to Canada and [Candace] Owens decided to mock the loss, calling [Megan] Rapinoe “an anti-American piece of trash.” Rapinoe has kneeled before games as the national anthem is played in solidarity with players throughout sports demanding racial justice.

The national anthem is not played before an Olympic sporting event, but that didn’t stop Owens from spouting off. Responding to a tweet from U.S. Soccer’s Women’s National Team that called the loss “heartbreaking but hard-fought,” Owens replied that it was “not heartbreaking at all.”

She added that Rapinoe “does not represent our country, anywhere, ever. Any person who disrespects the the [sic] flag that sons and daughters are sent home beneath while fighting for our freedoms overseas, deserves to lose.”

“Repeatedly.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/08/candace-owens-came-megan-rapinoe-didnt-get-response-expected/ (source)

Poland: lesbian volleyball champion Katarzyna Skorupa on sporting and everyday discrimination

Just a few hours after the Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, the volleyball champion [Katarzyna Skorupa], gave an interview to the Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy. Katarzyna Skorupa was speaking openly about her homosexuality and how the sports world is still bigoted. “Homosexuals are often discriminated against by clubs or federations. Sometimes a lesbian is the second choice, even if her performance on the pitch indicates that she should be the first”, Skorupa declared loudly. She specified that since she openly stated that she’s a lesbian, “I made choices and I have paid for them”.

Just last March, the volleyball player clearly stated on the pages of the weekly Wprost that she was discriminated against not only on the pitch, but also in everyday life. “We live in a xenophobic, homophobic and closed society.”
(Translated)

 A poche ore dalla cerimonia inaugurale dei giochi olimpici, la campionessa di pallavolo ha però rilasciato una intervista al portale polacco Przeglad Sportowy Katarzyna Skorupa parlando apertamente della sua omosessualità e di come il mondo dello sport sia ancora bigotto. “Gli omosessuali sono spesso discriminati da club o federazioni. A volte una lesbica è la seconda scelta, anche se il suo atteggiamento in campo indica che dovrebbe essere la prima” – ha detto a gran voce la Skorupa che da quando ha dichiarato apertamente di essere lesbica ha precisato “ho fatto delle scelte e le ho pagate”.

Proprio lo scorso marzo, la pallavolista dalle pagine del settimanale Wprost aveva chiaramente dichiarato di essere stata discriminata non solo in campo, ma anche nella vita di tutti i giorni. “Viviamo in una società xenofoba, omofoba e chiusa.

Continue reading at: https://www.ilsussidiario.net/news/katarzyna-skorupa-ex-paola-egonu-omosessuali-discriminati-da-club-e-federazioni/2199343/ (Source)

China: Lesbian Soccer Star’s Coming Out Weibo Post Met With Abuse

9 July 2021: During this year’s Pride Month, soccer star Li Ying made history as China’s first female athlete to come out publicly as gay, in a candid series of celebratory photos posted on social media, showing her posing happily alongside her partner.It’s increasingly common worldwide for celebrities and high-profile sports stars to come out, often to widespread public support. But in China, Li’s announcement received a very different reaction.

Her post, uploaded on June 22 onto Weibo, China’s heavily censored version of Twitter, immediately went viral, becoming one of the top trending topics on the platform. And while much of the reaction was positive, with people sending their congratulations, Li’s account was also inundated with a wave of homophobic abuse. The post was later deleted without explanation.

Li has not posted on Weibo since. Chinese state-run media, meanwhile, did not report on Li’s announcement, nor the subsequent reaction it generated.

Continue Reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/09/china/china-pride-month-lgbt-weibo-intl-mic-hnk/index.html (source)

South Africa: The footballer raped and murdered for being a lesbian

An international footballer, coach and aspiring referee, Eudy Simelane dedicated her life to the sport.

She was one of the first openly gay [sic] women to live in her township of Kwa-Thema in South Africa and was a well-known LGBT+ activist.

But because of her sexuality, Simelane was brutally raped and murdered in 2008, aged just 31.

This is the story of her life and how the legacy of her death is still impacting South African society.

A campaigner for equality rights and social change, she was one of the first women to come out as a lesbian in South Africa.

On 27 April 2008, Simelane’s body was found in a stream just a few hundred metres from her home in Kwa-Thema.

Reports stated she was approached after leaving a pub, raped and then stabbed repeatedly.

Despite her death shocking many, activists claimed many lesbians in South Africa were targeted for ‘corrective rape’, a crime where the perpetrator aims to ‘cure’ the victim of their sexuality, converting them to heterosexuality.

Thato Mphuthi pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Simelane in February 2009 and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The following September, Themba Mvubu was also found guilty of the crimes and was sentenced to life in prison. When questioned by reporters in court, he responded: “I’m not sorry.”

Simelane’s sexuality put her in a vulnerable position, something her mother recognised, telling the BBC, “the whole of South Africa knew Eudy was a lesbian”.

The unfortunate reality is Simelane’s story isn’t unique – she is one of many victims of similar, horrific crimes in South Africa.

A year prior to her death, Sizakele Sigasa, a women’s and gay rights activist, and her friend Salone Massooa were heckled outside a bar and called ‘tomboys’. The women were then gang-raped, tortured, and shot dead.

Just a few years after Simelane’s murder, Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was found beaten and stoned to death in the same township Simelane lived.

Continue reading: https://www.modernghana.com/sports/1061337/the-footballer-raped-and-murdered-for-being-a-lesb.html (source)

Italy: historic sentence for soccer coach’s anti-lesbian and sexist behaviour

A historic sentence has been handed down by the Court of Appeal against the former coach of Novese who has been found guilty of stalking and making homophobic statements to his players, with a disqualificiation of 3 years. Maurizio Fossati, coach of the women’s team in the 2019/2020 season, had been referred by the Federal Prosecutor of the FIGC after reports made by some players.

Fossati, who just a year earlier had received the sports educator of the year award, had been accused of insulting the players for their physical appearance, sexual orientation and flirting with some of their locker room mates. In the motivations of sporting justice, as reported by Agi , we read that the words used by Fossati were not “merely offensive”, as established in the first instance, but “homophobic and / or sexist” in relation to the sexual orientation of his players. The original nine-month sentence had been viewed with displeasure by the federal prosecutor, who asked for an increased sentence on appeal. It has now been granted.
(Translated)

Una sentenza storica, quella presa dalla Corte d’Appello nei confronti dell’ex allenatore della Novese, riconosciuto colpevole di stalking e frasi omofobe ai danni delle sue calciatrici, con stop di 3 anni. Maurizio Fossati, allenatore delle ragazze nella stagione 2019/2020, era stato deferito dalla Procura federale della Figc dopo la denuncia di alcune calciatrici.

Fossati, che solo un anno prima aveva ricevuto il premio di educatore sportivo dell’anno, era stato accusato di aver insultato le giocatrici per il loro aspetto fisico, per l’orientamento sessuale e per i flirt avuti con alcune compagne di spogliatoio. Nelle motivazioni della giustizia sportiva, come riportato da Agi, si legge che le parole utilizzate da Fossati non erano “meramente offensive”, come stabilito in primo grado, ma “omofobe e/o sessiste” in relazione proprio all’orientamento sessuale delle sue calciatrici. La condanna a nove mesi in primo grado era stata vista con fastidio dalla stessa procura federale, che aveva chiesto in appello un inasprimento della pena. Ora arrivato.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/calcio-femminile-sentenza-omofobia (Source)

Kazakhstan: Lesbian activist receives threats after responding to homophobic MMA fighter

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A professional MMA fighter in Kazakhstan has unleashed attacks on LGBTQ people. Now a gay [sic] soccer player and her girlfriend are afraid for their safety.

Kuat Khamitov, also known as Naiman, attacked an LGBTQ-supportive video in Instagram, saying in the comments that LGBTQ people are “worse than dogs,” adding that dogs should be offended by such a comparison. His supporters followed up with comments about LGBTQ people being worse than pigs.

LGBTQ activist Nurbibi Nurkadilova responded with an open letter to Khamitov, criticizing him for his disturbing statement.

“Why do you compare my human rights, the rights of a citizen of this country, with those of a dog?” She asked. “Do you consider me powerless? Or do you compare my mental development with the canine? Or maybe you wanted to draw a parallel between the fact that we also need to put on a chain like dogs? I do not fully understand your ridiculous and stupid statement!”

Nurkadilova said the response from Khamitov’s fans and others in her home country has been swift and deeply disturbing.

“I have received thousands of messages with threats and insults,” she told Outsports in an exclusive interview. “They are all in Russian and Kazakh but say, ‘You’ll burn in hell,’ ‘I will kill you,’ ‘You’re worse than an animal,’ ‘I’ll rape you,’ ‘You don’t belong in this country,’ ‘Go to America,’ ‘You’re the shame of the country,’ and other ugly comments. A normal person would be shocked.”

Nurkadilova told Outsports she is particularly afraid for her girlfriend, who is a soccer player who has represented Kazakhstan on the national team as recently as last year.

“I’m afraid for her,” she said.

Continue reading: https://www.outsports.com/
2020/6/3/21277511/kuat-khamitov-gay-lgbt-pride-homophobia-flag-dogs-nurbibi-nurkadilova-soccer-player
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Australia: Moana Hope reveals toll of AFL fans’ homophobic abuse

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Former AFLW star Moana Hope has opened up about the disgusting homophobic abuse she’s seen as both a footy player and an AFL fan.

Hope, who played in the AFLW for Collingwood and North Melbourne, said the abusive taunts even drove her away from attending AFL matches.

She told the Herald Sun during one 2017 match she played for Collingwood against Fremantle, a spectator called her a “stupid d*ke” from behind the fence.

“I don’t normally hear the crowd because I’m so drawn into the game. But when I heard that I was blown away,” she said.

“And I was hurt and a little bit scared because I thought, ‘Why are you calling me that? I’m a person.’

“Why are you using such a negative term? [After the game] I was a little bit scared, hesitant, to walk off the field because I was worried he’d be there to abuse me.”

“Who we fall in love with has nothing to do with these names. This is why kids in school are scared to be who they are whether they are gay or not, because you get picked on if you’re different.”

Hope said she and wife Isabella Carlstrom had “lost count” of the lewd comments they’d copped when in public together.

“I’ve had things said to us like, ‘One night with me will make you realise you need a man in your life,’” she said.

“I’ve been there when guys have grabbed Bella’s arse and said ‘You need an actual man’. Those things happen all the time.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/moana-hope-reveals-toll-of-afl-fans-homophobic-abuse/ (source)

Australia: Allegations of “lesbian mafia” unfounded

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An independent panel has found there was no bias or agenda behind the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as Matildas coach and dispelled the notion that a “lesbian mafia” wanted him out of the job.

“The panel was unable to uncover any evidence supporting the existence of any formal ‘lesbian mafia’ or that the decision to terminate the Matildas head coach contract was driven by personal bias against Mr Stajcic or in pursuit of other agendas,” the report said.

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/more-sports/no-evidence-of-lesbian-mafia-plot-against-stajcic-report-finds/ar-BBY8vFC?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=iehp (source)

International Lesbian Day: A lesbian athlete wore rainbow sneakers while competing in a country where being homosexual is illegal

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While competing in Qatar at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, U.S. competitor Erica Bougard made an impression and a subtle statement by wearing Nike shoes with rainbow flaps over their laces.

Bougard, who is an out athlete competing in the heptathlon — an event made up of seven track-and-field events — says she wasn’t trying to make a statement even though Qatar punishes homosexuality with seven years imprisonment and even death (though no known executions for being gay have ever officially occurred in the country).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/10/athlete-wore-rainbow-sneakers-competing-anti-lgbtq-country/
(source)

International Lesbian Day: 5 Lesbian Couples who Joined Football

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What united football that does not separate man. The saying was like that, right? Well, today we are going to talk about 10 incredible lesbian athletes who met in the field and ended up teaming up together. These are five lesbian couples that joined football.

(Translated)

Lo que unió el fútbol que no lo separe el hombre. ¿El dicho era así no? Pues hoy vamos a hablar de 10 increíbles deportistas lesbianas que se conocieron en el campo y terminaron formando equipo juntas. Estas son cinco parejas lésbicas que unió el fútbol.

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Continue reading: https://lesbicanarias.es/2019/05/07/5-parejas-lesbicas-que-unio-el-futbol/ (source)

France: Swimmer supported after lesbophobic attack

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Melanie Hene and her bronze medal at the 2011 Olympics in China © Abaca

She decided to file a complaint and told AFP in a statement released Sunday. Victim of a homophobic assault in Amiens on June 28, French swimmer Mélanie Hénique complained Friday, July 3. Beaten by several individuals as she was leaving a restaurant with two friends, the swimmer suffered a broken nose and many bruises. And she had to forfeit the French Open where all the Blues were gathered this weekend in Vichy. Now she is trying to recover, hoping to be able to participate in the world championships in early August in Kazan, Russia.
(Translated)

Elle a décidé de porter plainte et l’a annoncé à l’AFP dans un communiqué diffusé dimanche. Victime d’une agression homophobe à Amiens le 28 juin, la nageuse française Mélanie Hénique a porté plainte vendredi 3 juillet. Passée à tabac par plusieurs individus alors qu’elle sortait du restaurant avec deux amies, la nageuse souffre d’une fracture du nez et de nombreuses contusions. Et elle a dû déclarer forfait pour l’Open de France où tous les Bleus étaient réunis ce week-end à Vichy. Désormais, elle tente de se remettre en espérant pouvoir participer aux Mondiaux début août à Kazan, en Russie.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elle.fr/Societe/News/Melanie-Henique-la-nageuse-soutenue-apres-son-agression-homophobe-2965174 (Source)

Colombia: lesbophobia against female soccer players by Deportes Tolima President Gabriel Camargo

In the legal action signed by the ombudsman, Carlos Alfonso Negret said that the sports leader [Gabriel Camargo] had discriminated against and degraded the players when he said that the League was a breeding ground for lesbianism, “accusing the players of being more “Tomatrago” than men.

Negret considers that the judgments issued by the courts have only been directed to the public retraction of these statements, omitting any type of protection for the soccer players who were directly affected by these unsubstantiated accusations.

She considers that despite the fact that Camargo and the directors of the club apologised through their social networks and web page, no ruling was issued to prevent discriminatory acts, to reduce the inequality gap and [to promote] the inclusion of all women in Colombia.
(Translated)

En la acción judicial firmada por el defensor del Pueblo, Carlos Alfonso Negret se manifestó que el dirigente deportivo había discriminado y degradado a las futbolistas cuando aseguró que la Liga era un caldo de cultivo para el lesbianismo”, acusando además a las jugadoras de ser más “tomatrago” que los hombres.

Negret considera que los fallos emitidos por la justicia solamente han estado dirigidos a la retractación pública de estas afirmaciones, omitiendo cualquier tipo de protección de las jugadoras de fútbol quienes fueron las directamente afectadas con estos señalamientos sin fundamento.

Considera que pese a que Camargo y las directivas del club hicieron un acto perdón por medio de sus redes sociales y página web no se emitió un pronunciamiento de fondo para evitar actos discriminatorios, disminuir la brecha de desigualdad e inclusión de todas las mujeres en Colombia.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lafm.com.co/judicial/corte-admitio-tutela-contra-gabriel-camargo-que-tildo-jugadoras-de-lesbianas (Source)

Australia: Matilda’s captain Sam Kerr exposes lesbophobic trolls

 

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Photo source: Sam Kerr’s Instagram (@samkerr1)

To understand the Matildas as subordinate to a coach is to misread the room; the Australian national women’s football team has always been a player-led environment. They have continued to express, to some deaf ears, they were happy under Milicic and buying into his game plan.
But the morning after their ‘miracle in Montpellier’, Kerr took aim at a new class of hater; the trolls and the homophobes.
The 25-year-old screen-captured one example of abuse, Tweeting it alongside a message: “For people getting upset about there being ‘no’ haters”.

Continue reading: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/we-don-t-listen-to-the-haters-matildas-captain-sam-kerr-lashes-out-at-critics (source)

India’s first openly lesbian athlete faces family backlash

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Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete, is facing a barrage of criticism from her family after announcing she was in a same-sex relationship.
Her mother and father, Akhuji and Chakradhar Chand, have not accepted their daughter’s wish to “settle down” with her partner.
Mr Chand has called their relationship “immoral and unethical”, telling the Times of India: “She has destroyed the reputation of our village.”
In interviews with Indian media, however, Ms Chand does not seem fazed.
“Freedom of choice and freedom to love are my inalienable rights and I shall exercise it,” she told the Times of India.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48534449 (source)

(LVD) Jolanta Ogar’s story of coming out as a Polish lesbian

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Jola [Ogar-Hill] is a titled sailor, she was a world and European champion. She has a wife, she is happy. She came out  when she was 21 years old. “One evening I asked my mother for peace”. I said, “I’m in love, but this person is a woman. She remembers her coming out. “Mama was scared, she got scared for her own child.” 15 years have passed, Jola continues to sail and counts on Poland to finally change. “There are a lot of people in Polish sport who are afraid to come out,” she admits.
(Translated)

Jola jest utytułowaną żeglarką, była mistrzynią świata i Europy. Ma żonę, jest szczęśliwa. Ujawniła się, gdy miała 21 lat. – Pewnego wieczoru poprosiłam mamę do pokoju. Powiedziałam: jestem zakochana, ale ta osoba jest kobietą – wspomina swój coming out. Mama się przeraziła, wystraszyła o własne dziecko. Minęło 15 lat, Jola dalej żegluje i liczy, że Polska w końcu się zmieni. – W polskim sporcie jest mnóstwo osób, które boją się ujawnić – przyznaje.
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Continue reading: https://www.tvn24.pl/magazyn-tvn24/jolanta-ogar-kolezance-mowie-zeby-nie-pila-z-tej-samej-butelki-bo-bedzie-lesbijka,204,3557 (source)