Showing posts with label International Sports Homophobia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International Sports Homophobia. Show all posts

April 12, 2019

Australia Terminated Contract of "Misinformed Bigot” Rugby Player Israel Folau

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Has Israel had experience with a drunk lying cheating homosexual?

Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time.

Rugby Australia said Thursday it plans to terminate the fullback's contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row.

When Folau made similar remarks on April 5, 2018, he escaped with a warning but no sanction. Now, only five months from the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where Folau was expected to be one of Australia's leading players, Rugby Australia wasn't so lenient.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle said in a statement that she and NSW Rugby Union head Andrew Hore made "repeated attempts" to contact Folau directly and via his representatives on Thursday, but that he failed to communicate with them. 

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action," Castle said. "In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."

Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account late Wednesday saying that hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators."

Castle said that while Folau was entitled to his religious beliefs, "the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts."

"Israel has failed to understand ... that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality," Castle said.

Australian airline Qantas, a national team sponsor, issued a statement earlier Thursday saying Folau's comments "clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support."

Folau has also publicly aired his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The 30-year-old Folau has 316,000 Instagram followers. By late afternoon Thursday, the controversial post had received 14,700 likes and 13,800 comments.

Folau has played 73 test matches for Australia. Last weekend while playing for the New South Wales Waratahs, Folau scored his 60th try, the most of any player in Super Rugby, breaking the record of former New Zealand winger Doug Howlett.

Two months ago, Folau signed a multimillion-dollar contract extension to remain with the Waratahs and Australian rugby until the end of 2022. Australian media had reported previously that Folau would walk away from any contract if his religious opinions and views on homosexuality were silenced.

On Thursday, before Rugby Australia's statement, some contemplated that Folau again made the anti-gay comments so he could be released from the new long-term deal.

There were reports Thursday that he again might take up a rugby league contract, one of three football codes, including Australian Rules football, that he has played.

Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock said Folau had "pushed Rugby Australia into a corner and they have to act."

"Everyone knows his point of view, right? He's done this a number of times already," Mortlock told the Australian Associated Press. "So it's more (about) what was the motivation ... knowing full well that he was probably going to get sanctioned."

Former England rugby international Joe Marler, who plays for London club Harlequins, mocked Folau by posting two images of men kissing. Another former England international, James Haskell, wrote to Folau on Twitter and said "sport has no place for this ... keep it to hate groups. You are an unreal player, but a ... misinformed bigot."

Former Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas, who announced he was gay in 2009, wrote on Twitter that people should "not be influenced" by Folau's words and that Thomas had "sympathy" for Folau.

Britain-based LGBT charity Stonewall supported Rugby Australia's move.

"Folau's comments are just one example of how much work is still left to do to combat discrimination and the use of hateful language against lesbian, gay, bi and trans (gender) people," said Kirsty Clarke, the director of sport at Stonewall.

May 23, 2018

Rugby Star Israel Folau Saved His Soul (?) by Stepping on Gays but Lost His $850k Rover and His Reputation

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 Israel was Appointed Ambassador for Australia in Sports when that car was given but there were strings attached and putting down anyone people went against an Ambassador representing a nation in sports and a high-end car company. How about a Kia?

Land Rover has taken back their sponsored car from controversial Aussie rugby star Israel Folau.
The flash car was part of an $850,000 deal Land Rover had with Rugby Australia, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Land Rover, who said Folau was never an official ambassador, repossessed the car after Folau's anti-gay sentiments on social media.
In February last year, Dan Carter was dropped as a brand ambassador for Land Rover following his drink-driving incident in France.
Folau won't be catching the bus to Waratahs training any time soon though — he still gets around in style in his $500,000 Lamborghini, bought last year.
Land Rover's withdrawal of the car is the first financial hit Folau has taken for his fundamental Christian stance.
The 29-year-old Wallabies and Waratahs fullback followed up his initial comment with a video on Twitter warning that tolerance of homosexuality would be punished by God, but Rugby Australia has not sanctioned him due to the complex moral issues around free speech.
While RA disagrees with Folau, chief executive Raelene Castle said they also must respect his right to express his religious beliefs, adding that penalizing him would alienate a large section of their Christian supporter base.
Meanwhile, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says Folau would refrain from posting further inflammatory content for the sake of his teammates as they prepare for the three-test June series against Ireland.
"What's happened has happened, it's been dealt with now and it's not going to be ongoing, so it's not going to be an issue," Cheika told Macquarie Sports Radio.
"There's been a lot of conjecture on this on this from all different sides, left wing, right wing and all that type of stuff. But we need to be focusing on the footy, and getting ourselves clear on a big series against the northern hemisphere champions.
"I'm going to be reminding guys what the team is about, what it means to be part of the team and then guys make their decisions from there.
"He understands that he doesn't want to affect the team around those sort of things. And like I said, if it's not ongoing then it's not going to be an issue."
"Izzy wants to be part of the team, not just now but in the future as well. Some people think he's using it as some kind of tactic to get out of playing but if he wanted to go, he could go easily. He wants to play rugby."

New Zealand Herald


More Words from "IZZY" (AFL)
Sydney — Australian rugby star Israel Folau has once again courted controversy by posting a social media link to a video opposing same-sex marriage and referring to "sexual perversions beyond description".
The devout Christian, one of Australia’s most marketable players, caused a storm in April when he said gay people were destined for hell.
He escaped sanction by sports chiefs, despite Rugby Australia having an inclusion policy to stop discrimination, and a backlash from several high-profile players.
A defiant Folau, 29, last week said he had no regrets and would not back away from his staunch beliefs about homosexuality. In the video posted on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, the late American evangelist David Wilkerson warns against "tolerance" of same-sex marriage in an 11-minute sermon.
"We’re living in a time of unprecedented greed, rampant inequality, sexual perversions beyond description," he said.
It also showed people with rainbow flags, rats caught in traps and clocks ticking.
"With great love, I wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it," Folau said.
"Jesus is coming back soon … please don’t harden your heart."
He took to Twitter again after a fellow Christian said he should have "love and grace" for everyone, regardless of their sexuality.
🦊 The bible says you can't serve two masters. If you want to dedicate your time to preach the coming of Jesus and decide who will or will not go Maybe having worldly possession as a car that only 1% of the population can afford is against the bible teachings, some will say... Being a pro in any sport takes all of your time and the last thing sport people want to listen to are sermons for that. They want sports! For preaching there are churches. But I have been a witness how these kids are brainwashed since they are able to recognized their parents they recognize the pastor. It is hammered into them that time is short and you need to go and preach. However, preachers are needed in every religion. He could switch professions since he liked telling who are the children of God and which are not.  Conversion means that you are changed and submerged into something else. Just be careful where are you submerged, get an education so you know the miracles of nature that no one can explain but at least you get to see them. That alone will keep you from judging. Even the Pope won't judge a gay person, why should you IZZY?

December 4, 2017

Rugby Player Left With Fractured Eye in Horrendous Homophobic Attack

 RUGBY player Jonathan Castellari suffered a horrendous homophobic attack in Argentina which left him hospitalized with a fractured eye.
Jonathan was buying breakfast when we were jumped by seven men and savagely beaten up.

 Jonathan Castellari endured a fracture around his eye and needs stitches Jonathan Castellari endured a fracture around his eye and needs stitches

The player is a member of Ciervos Pampas Rugby Club, an organization that aims to fight discrimination against homophobia.
According to Marca, Castellari was with a friend at the time when the group of men started hurling insults in his direction.
He was then on the receiving end of beatings as pictures show him with a badly swollen eye and blood splattered on his shirt.
A statement from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights in Argentina read: "From the Argentina LGBT Federation we are already accompanying them during this terrible moment and doing everything in our power to ensure that the justice system responds quickly and finds those responsible."

 Jonathan Castellari was beaten up by homophobic thugs 
Jonathan Castellari was beaten up by homophobic thugs

Lifelong friend Agustina Vivero uploaded a picture of Castellari to Twitter alongside the caption: "Today at 6am, a group attacked my friend to within an inch of his life, shouting 'F****t" and "F****** f****t'.  
 "It came just days after we were celebrating Gay Pride.
"He doesn't know how many stitches he will need and they need to operate after a fracture in some part of his eye. Everything hurts."
In a separate tweet, Vivero added: "Discrimination at work, bullying at school, going out on the street in fear of being beaten, just for loving someone of the same sex."
By Richard Forrester
The Sun Uk

November 2, 2017

8 Far Right Demonstrators Arrested for Demanding Gay Supporting Soccer Player Be Kicked Off Team

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, left, struggles for the ball with Georgia's Guram Kashia during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. The nationalist Georgian March group wants defender Guram Kashia punished for wearing a rainbow armband while captaining Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in early Oct. 2017.Shakh Aivazov / AP

Eight people were arrested in Georgia during a far-right protest to demand a soccer player be kicked off the national team because he supported gay rights.

The nationalist Georgian March group wanted defender Guram Kashia punished for wearing a rainbow armband while captaining Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem earlier this month, as part of a broader initiative in the Netherlands for the country's "Coming Out Day."

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Georgian Football Federation headquarters late Tuesday, shouting anti-gay slogans while letting off flares and smoke bombs. They also burned a rainbow flag.

Police said eight people were detained for resisting police and minor hooliganism, and they were due to appear in court Wednesday. 

It was not clear how many of those arrested were members of Georgian March, an anti-immigrant and anti-gay rights group which claims to be protecting the "purity" of society in the Caucasus nation. Its members also called for the football federation's entire leadership to resign because the federation had supported Kashia.

Kashia has previously told Dutch TV channel NOS he's proud to support equal rights and he has no intention to stop playing for Georgia.

Many Georgian Internet users changed their profile pictures on social networks in support of Kashia, who has also received backing from Georgia's president.

"Everyone has the right for freedom of expression," Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in a statement on Facebook on Monday. "We should respect human rights and liberties. I stand with the unanimous support that sporting society has expressed toward Guram Kashia."

NBC News

June 17, 2017

FIFA Getting Tough with Latin Fans and Gay Slurs in Russia's Games

ST.PETERSBURG, Russia  — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.
FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said Friday that curbing problems now is "exactly the whole purpose" of anti-discrimination work at the World Cup rehearsal tournament.
"Fans (must) understand that they will be jeopardizing the game by refusing systematically to respect fair play," Samoura said at a briefing.
Confederations Cup teams Chile and Mexico have been sanctioned by FIFA a combined 17 times for fans' homophobic chants in the current World Cup qualifying program.
Chants aimed at opposing goalkeepers are rife in South and Central America football, though some insist they are simply part of terrace culture.
"It's complicated, because for Mexicans it's not a chant with the intent to offend," midfielder Miguel Layun said after a training session in Kazan, Russia. "It's not about racism, it's a chant that we even use among friends."
A leader of the Mexico fan group "Green Wave" doubted FIFA was serious about intervening.
"We talked among ourselves and the feeling is that the chant won't stop. No one believes they'll really stop the game," Gabriel Galvan told The Associated Press.
Mexico's federation has been fined $120,000 by FIFA in recent months. The Gold Cup winner plays Portugal on Sunday in Kazan.
Chile's football federation has been fined a total of $210,000 and prevented from playing four games at its national stadium in Santiago. The Copa America champion plays Cameroon on Sunday in Moscow.
Samoura said pre-match announcements in the four Confederations Cup stadiums can start a process that allows referees to pause play to broadcast warnings, and ultimately abandon games.
"If sanctions and education do not work then we have to take it further," said the FIFA official, who said it has prepared an anti-racism message from Diego Maradona to be revealed on Saturday.
The process now adopted by FIFA has been used for several years by European football body UEFA. It was highlighted ahead of the 2012 European Championship played in Poland and Ukraine when Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who is black, said he was prepared to walk off the pitch if targeted by fans for abuse.
Russian league matches have also had a problem with racism and far-right fans with 89 incidents reported last season.
"We are grateful to FIFA," Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said through a translator on Friday, sitting next to Samoura at a briefing. "With great satisfaction we have welcomed this decision that the system will be strict."
However, Mutko suggested racism in football was no longer a "systematic" problem in Russia.
"We do not see any big problems here," said Mukto, who heads the World Cup organizing committee. "This is a problem that is not purely Russian. It exists everywhere in the world."
AP Sports Writer Carlos Rodriguez in Kazan, Russia, contributed to this report

July 28, 2016

Brazil an Anti Gay Country Hosting Gays in Olympics

Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, who came out as gay shortly after the 2014 Winter Games,
poses with dogs he rescued from Sochi. (Photo: Photo by Robin MacDonald)

 Activists, out Olympians say visibility more important — yet fear far greater — on biggest stage in sports

Gus Kenworthy was ready to tell the world he was gay. The freestyle skier had his coming-out story planned in his head before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
He understood the gravity of the situation. Through weeks of soul-searching he had concluded the stage was perfect. Russia was attracting global attention for introducing legislation that purported to criminalize homosexual activity on the spurious grounds that it corrupted the minds of children. What better place to make a stand?
“Then,” Kenworthy tells USA TODAY Sports. “I ended up not doing it.”
Kenworthy captured the hearts of the Olympic television audience in Sochi, winning a silver medal and then adopting a pair of adorable stray dogs.
After returning home, he soon became the first action sports star to come out as gay. 
 "For me, coming out after the Olympics was right,” he says. “The Olympics are overwhelming as an athlete. You work so hard for four years, heck, your entire life even, to get to that point. That commands all your focus.” 

The rationale is understandable. Why come out and risk creating a distraction? It's a question athletes could be pondering now as they prepare for the Rio Olympic Games, which begin with the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5.
“There might be 500 or so gay athletes competing in Rio, but almost all of them are closeted,” says Outsports co-founder Jim Buzinski. “The biggest lie is that it’s not important to come out.”
Buzinski estimates there will be more than 30 out Olympians competing next month. According to Outsports, there were 23 out athletes at the London Games from more than 10,000 Olympians, and 12 of 10,708 at the 2008 Beijing Games. Buzinski concedes that the pro-LGBT movement has stalled over the past couple of years. Rio provides an opportunity to regain that momentum, he says.
"There hasn’t been a headline-grabbing athlete to come out,” Buzinski says. “That’s why the Olympics are so unique. It’s three weeks where someone from a non-major sport can take center stage. Gus (Kenworthy) … had star power. But he froze. His reason for waiting made sense personally, but he missed a big opportunity.”

Worse than Sochi

In the build-up to Sochi, LGBT issues were a hot topic of discussion, with Russia’s legislation sparking international outrage. President Obama made a statement by including openly gay former athletes in the United States delegation for the Closing Ceremony. 

Yet the conversation has been significantly muted as Rio approaches, primarily because the concern in Brazil is much more complicated. The country has an image as a tolerant, open society and the world’s biggest gay pride parade takes place annually in Sao Paulo. Yet the New York Times recently tabbed the country “the world’s deadliest” place for the LGBT community, citing an average of one LGBT person killed per day, according to Grupo Gay da Bahia, a long-time advocacy group for LGBT rights in Brazil.
“It is hard to be LGBT in Brazil because the threat is constant,” says Dayana Gusmao, an executive for Rio Sem Homofobia (Rio Without Homophobia). “We have had so many cases of fathers beating their gay children to (try to) make them straight. We still have people who want to correct lesbians by raping them. Brazil is not a safe place to be LGBT.”

The Brazilian constitution orders equal treatment for all, regardless of sexuality, but those intentions often fail to translate into reality.
For the LGBT community, the sports world is in a concerning cycle where major events have been awarded to nations with a troubling track record on gay rights. Following Sochi, Russia will also host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Soccer’s biggest event will go to Qatar, a nation where homosexuality is outlawed, in 2022. In the U.S., the 2017 NBA All-Star Game was moved due to North Carolina’s discriminatory House Bill 2.
Just how deeply the Olympic movement should involve itself in such matters is a point of contention. The IOC has struggled to attract elite bids from countries other than those that resemble modern dictatorships.
“If Brazil is the home of the largest percentage of (LGBT) hate crimes, and we have LGBT athletes competing, then this is an Olympic issue. It’s that simple,” says Athlete Ally executive director Hudson Taylor.
Why sponsors won't drop out athletes
As Brazil fights against outdated stereotypes, there is also a steeliness in the resolve of out athletes who accept that the battle for acceptance is not yet won.

The fear that exposure of an athlete’s sexual orientation will supersede a performance becomes intensified at the Olympic level, according to You Can Play executive director Wade Davis, who helps coach closeted athletes on their coming out processes. Davis says visibility is the difference-maker to quell discrimination in locker rooms and in society.
“We’re not talking about just a (skin color) minority here,” he says. “It’s a hidden minority. You have to be out for people to really see you.”
“The more athletes that come out, the better things will get,” adds Mexico women’s soccer player Bianca Sierra, who recently received a homophobic backlash on Twitter after sharing a picture with her girlfriend. “If we as professional athletes are comfortable with who we are, we can inspire others who look up to us to be who they are.”

Fear of losing sponsors is a major reason many athletes choose not to come out, but Buzinski says it’s “an argument that keeps getting thinner and thinner.”
“If Nike or Adidas dropped a gay athlete, can you imagine the backlash? If anything, being gay would increase your marketability,” Buzinski says.
Greg Louganis won Olympic gold medals for the U.S. in 1984 and 1988 and came out in 1994. He recalls a much different era.
 "There were moral clauses where a part of your personal life could be used as a reason to cut sponsorship,” says Louganis, who received a Wheaties box this May in response to an online petition.
Louganis says he believes there was “subtle homophobia” from NBC during the 2008 Beijing Games. The network apologized for its coverage of openly gay diver Matthew Mitcham, who won gold in the 10-meter platform and raced into the stands to embrace his partner at which point NBC’s cameras cut away.
“(NBC) showed stories about everyone else’s families,” Louganis says. “But just eight years ago, a major network was uncomfortable with a gay couple.”
Louganis, a gay rights activist, was involved in the “Open Games” – athletics events organized by LGBT rights groups that coincided with Sochi. A bomb threat halted the opening ceremony. “Visibility comes at a cost,” Louganis says.
While athletes are focused on their dreams of success and their personal challenges, the LGBT community in Rio continues to push for change. A series of protests are planned during the Games, much like during the World Cup.

In true Brazilian style, LGBT protests in Rio look more like parties, such as one attended by USA TODAY Sports this year. Many wore bandages and carried crutches in protest of police violence against LGBT revelers during the Carnaval in February, while samba music, dance and performance art provided a dazzling backdrop.
“The police just do whatever they need to do to shut us up,” protester Tiago Goncalves, 29, said. “They do whatever they want. We need progress.”
Progress is a vital concept in the LGBT movement, with many athletes wrestling between serving the public good and avoiding distractions.
U.S. gymnast Josh Dixon, who did not make the team this year for Rio or four years ago for London, believes an Olympian’s athletic and personal identity are intertwined and called coming out as gay four years ago a “responsibility for the next generation.” 

British racewalker Tom Bosworth, who is well positioned for a medal at Rio, says timing was essential in his coming-out process.
“I had everything in place,” Bosworth says. “I was comfortably out, I was with my partner for five years, all of my friends and family knew. And I never hid it from my teammates. This all made it really easy to go public.”
Those luxuries were the exact obstacles that stood in the way for Kenworthy before the Sochi Games.
“I just wasn’t ready. It was too much all at once. I hadn’t told my family or my best friend so it was so much more daunting to come out to the world,” says Kenworthy. “I think it’s super scary coming out of the closet for anyone whether you’re in a small town, have a religious family or you’re involved in a sport with homophobic language.
“ ‘Responsibility’ is too intense of a word for coming out as an Olympian. You want to do it to help people, sure. But it’s gotta be for you first. And coming out has been the best decision of my life.”

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Rogers reported from Rio De Janeiro.

March 1, 2016

Open Letter to Philippine Boxer/Politician Who said “Gays are Worse than Animals”

 Manny Pacquiao

I NEVER chose to be gay. In fact, I had been fighting it for almost a decade. I broke friendships out of fear and loathing that I could be one of them.

And then, when I finally realized I could no longer suffocate myself within the thick walls of denial, I put up; I accepted who I really am. Now there’s this politician who preaches like he’s some sort of God-appointed messiah condemning my existence, and he says that I am abominable. That I am a sin walking on two legs. That I am worse than animals.

Well, to the preacher by night, boxer by day, and congressman out of sheer luck, I do not condemn you. I do not abhor your existence on the soil I was born to. I do not even seek to criticize the many absences you have incurred in the House or Representatives. 

I am a human born under the oath to do good in this world, to not hold a grudge against those who will seek to destroy my values, and to always seek a better understanding of things that challenge my principles. I dare not say that I am better than you, for you might have only been misguided, misinformed or just unperceptive. But you insulted the very book that had nourished my values since I was young. You insulted the man and woman who had instilled in me the right to live, love and be respected. You judged inadequate the friendships I have earned from accepting each person’s individuality and, therefore, differences.

Perhaps you do not have the capacity to understand all these. Perhaps you chose to attach the foulest word to the already negative stigma of the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) community because negative publicity is still publicity, after all. You are entitled to your opinion. But you have propagated judgment of a community too complex for anyone like you to understand. And we did not ask for that. We did not ask for one of the famous Filipino icons in this century to compare us to animals solely because animals are much better at knowing who to partner and procreate with.

Do you know what it’s like to have all your belongings taken from you because the union between you and your deceased partner of 25 years is not legally recognized in this country? Do you know the inner struggle an adolescent endures in accepting his sexuality when his dad condemns the “gay lifestyle” every dinner time? Did you ever, for a second (before you delivered the most asinine, tactless remarks in your career), ask your assistant to verify if animals indeed do not practice homosexuality? I bet your science teacher would not be so proud of you.

What you said is indeed most unfortunate for me. I had the chance to sit a few seats away from you back when you had just won your second major boxing world title, the IBF Super Bantamweight. I was 12, still young, but I was already confounded by my intense crush on a fellow female student. You were quite modest and self-deprecating for a celebrity. It was humbling to have met you back when you were still not pressured to seek a public post and build your own church.

I held that image of you—a nice guy from Mindanao who carried the banner of the whole Filipino nation and fought for recognition by the international community. Though I am not a fan of the sport, I salute your battles for you united this nation in your winning bouts. But, Manny Pacquiao, I ask of you not to divide this country on such a universal struggle as the fight for LGBTQIA rights. Maybe you are still unaware of your duties as a political figure, an influential icon, or a hero to many of my countrymen. Maybe you are unaware that what you said had caused a ripple in our society, the consequences of which could be devastating especially to members of the LGBTQIA community who look up to you. Or maybe you are just a man who sees only what he wants to see and hears only what he wants to hear. I thought it was futile to hope that you would fight for my right to be recognized in the country I dearly love.

On a final note, I read that you had apologized by saying you were only quoting the Bible. Perhaps you got lost in translating English to Filipino. Even Pope Francis was mindful enough not to judge us. The Pope said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Let me rephrase it for you, Manny. If someone is running for a seat in the Senate and he says that gays are worse than animals, who is he to judge?
Breccia Zerda, 26, French-German, is a financial analyst at FactSet Philippines Inc.

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November 12, 2014

Twickenham Homophobic Rugby Crowd


A section of the Twickenham rugby crowd has come in for criticism for allegedly hurling homophobic abuse at controversial Welsh referee Nigel Owens during the All Blacks' win over England last Sunday.
Owens, openly gay, has come in for widespread criticism for his performance in New Zealand's victory where he made several questionable calls and appeared to be influenced by repeated replays on the ground's video screens.
But it seems some of the criticism was far more personal and came while the game was being played at the famous London ground that will be headquarters for next year's World Cup.
The Guardian newspaper picked up on the issue today in a wider piece centred around the general boorish behaviour of the rugby crowd.
The respected newspaper received several letters following the match and rugby writer Robert Kitson used those as the basis of an article highlighting problems from the game's sidelines.
He noted the correspondence from South Yorkshire rugby fan Keith Wilson, who wrote: "As a lifelong rugby fan, a straight man in his 60s, I could not believe that a bunch of men half my age watching a rugby match in the 21st century could be capable of hurling such nasty, foul-mouthed, racist, homophobic abuse at an openly gay match official.
"My equally disgusted son is in his 30s but next to him, hearing this vitriol, was a little boy. I felt ashamed."
Wilson believed excessive alcohol was involved and suggested that "if it had been a football match they'd have been thrown out".
There was no suggesting of any investigations or actions from authorities with Twickenham set to host England's clash with the Springboks this weekend.
The paper also received complaints about the English attitude towards the All Blacks' haka that saw the massive Twickenham crowd signing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot over the top of the prematch ritual.
Their reaction to attempted goal kicks was also questioned.
Ross Anderson, a Kiwi living in High Wycombe, wasn't happy with the "82,000 unsporting yahoos who drowned the sound of the haka and booed the kickers".
Anderson said he had watched the game on TV, having given up going to Twickenham years ago "as I didn't like being surrounded by xenophobic yobs who knew little about rugby".
Kitson, himself, couldn’t resist a dig at the haka, noting that "virtually any kind of response to the haka, as we know, is a diplomatic minefield nowadays".
It used to be one of the sport's great sights but there are increasing signs of it being perceived outside New Zealand as an overblown pantomime-exhibit staged for self-serving reasons and, possibly, commercial advantage. Welcome to the era of the computer haka, performed with half an eye on the YouTube market," Kitson wrote.
But he was more concerned with the Twickenham reaction to Richie McCaw being awarded man of the match honours, with announcement greeted by boos.
"McCaw is a man who has shown extraordinary levels of fortitude and ranks up there with the greatest of all time," Kitson wrote.
"Should New Zealand happen to stumble out prior to the semifinals of next year's World Cup this will have been the last sighting of him in a test at Twickenham. It is a bit like booing Pelé late in his career."
In a country where football hooligans have regularly made headlines for all the wrong reasons, Kitson expressed disappointment at rugby's decline in a key area.
"Nowadays, rugby's right to the moral high ground is increasingly shaky, even with great men such as McCaw around. It might even be that umpteen referrals to the television match official is part of the problem, arousing more frustration than it solves and encouraging a climate of dissent among players and spectators alike.
“Refining the TMO system, however, is not the only thing the game's authorities must address between now and next year's Rugby World Cup," he finished.

June 21, 2014

Brazil and Mexico face penalties for abusive anti gay chants at World Cup Game

 Brazil could face punishment for the “homophobic” behaviour of their fans after they were reported to Fifa over chants heard in their World Cup draw with Mexico. The Fare network, which is monitoring discriminatory behaviour at the tournament, alerted the world governing body to supporters’ use of the word “Puto” at the Group A game in Fortaleza.
Brazil and Mexico were both reported for aiming the abusive word - meaning male whore - at the opposition goalkeeper, with the visitors also cited for the same chant in their opening victory against Cameroon.
Fifa confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico over the “improper conduct” of their spectators in that game.
Russia and Croatia, meanwhile, face action over “neo-Nazi” banners displayed during their respective matches against South Korea and Brazil.
Supporters of the two countries, repeat offenders when it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, were reported by the Fare network at the same time as those of Brazil and Mexico yesterday. 
Piara Powar, executive director of Fare and a member of Fifa’s anti-racism task force, told The Telegraph: “It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world. These images need to be acted on urgently.
“The levels of homophobic abuse at some matches is also totally unacceptable. There is some rapid education required before it begins to run out of control.
“Fifa has some strong regulations in place and we hope they use them. Zero tolerance is the approach set out. It is what is required here.”
Brazil and Mexico could escape with a warning for what would be classed as a first offence under Fifa’s disciplinary code but Russia and Croatia may face the threat of points deductions.
The World Cup is the second major tournament in a row in which their fans have been accused of racism, with both sanctioned more than once by Uefa during the European Championship two years ago. Russia were hit with a suspended six-point penalty for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign for various offences, including the display of illicit banners and monkey chants.
Banners at their game on Tuesday contained the Celtic Cross, a symbol used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists worldwide.
The conduct of Russian supporters will heap pressure on organisers of the 2018 World Cup, with Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré last year warning black players could boycott the tournament if they continued to be abused after suffering monkey chants in Moscow.
Croatia’s offensive banner in the World Cup against Brazil contained the coat of arms of a fascist regime under Nazi control during World War II.
Their football federation was fined three times at Euro 2012 for various supporter offences, including the display of illicit banners and monkey chants directed at Italy striker Mario Balotelli.
The Croatia-Italy game also saw a banana thrown onto the pitch.
Fifa’s head of media, Delia Fischer, said: “We encourage individuals and groups such as Fare to submit any evidence in their possession with regard to discriminatory behaviour for the analysis and consideration of the FIFA disciplinary committee.”
Fifa’s president, Sepp Blatter, has repeatedly promised to clamp down on racism in football, calling for “sporting sanctions” such as points deductions to be imposed on offenders rather than the stadium closures favoured by Uefa. He said recently: “Sporting sanctions are the only effective punishment.”

June 20, 2014

"Puto” Mexico Soccer fans Yell to Gay Players

Posted // July 4,2011 -

Mexico's soccer fans have brought their chant that's a gay slur to the World Cup in Brazil, using the phrase during the games against Cameroon and Brazil. Anyone watching TV broadcasts also would have heard it during both of Mexico’s games and ESPN says it will try and prevent it from being heard on-air.

¡Puto!," many of Mexico's supporters chant laughingly during goal kicks by the opposing team's goal keeper (see video from a 2013 U.S.-Mexico game for an example). The word is slang for "fag" or "man whore" or "coward." Some say its use in soccer is a cultural phrase that means cowardly and is not directed at gays, but the meaning is clearly designed to mock the opponent as weak and unmanly.

Andres Aradillas-Lopez, an economics professor at Penn State, was born in Mexico and the slur disgusts him, as he told me via email:

"I heard them during the Cameroon game and also today against Brazil. Every single time the opposing goalie had a goal kick they chanted ["puto"]. Every time. I watched both games on ESPN (in English, not ESPN Deportes). I've lived in the U.S. for 15 years, but I was born and bred in Mexico and my family is still there. I know exactly what they mean when they yell that slur.

"The media should make a bigger deal out of this and publicly shame that country and its fans. No other country in the world does this, and it would be unacceptable in any U.S stadium. I am from Mexico and this behavior brings me profound shame. I am not gay but I have always defended equal rights and respect for everyone. 

"Yes, the word 'puto' has different meanings, but there is only one interpretation in this particular case which is to question one's manhood. Therefore it is being used as a homophobic slur in this instance, there are no two ways around it. I am sure if you ask any gay man who grew up in Mexico he will find this word deeply offensive and hurtful. Mexican fans argue that they don't use it as a homophobic slur, but it is as nonsensical as Dan Snyder and others claiming that "redskin" is not a slur but a term of 'endearment.' It is the typical response from a bully."
Brazil’s fans got into the act during the 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday, with one writer noting, "Brazil supporters trolling Mexico with the 'Puto' chant on every Mexico goal kick."

I reached out to ESPN to see if the network was aware of the chant and got this reply from a spokesman to my questions:

Q: Does ESPN control the crowd noise level at all or is this a feed?

A: "The audio is supplied by FIFA. Our control of the audio level is limited because we do not have specific microphones on the field."

Q: Were people at ESPN aware of the "puto" chant and its meaning?

A: "No. We are now and we will be vigilant to prevent a recurrence of such language being broadcast on our air. We have we also reached out to FIFA."
This has been an issue with Mexico's fans and the chant before, and Spanish TV broadcaster Univision has at times muted the sound of the crowd during opposing goal kicks. ESPN might employ the same tactic since it's apparent when there is about to be a goal kick. Mexico's next game will be Monday against Croatia and kickoff is 4 p.m. EDT.

After a player in Major League Soccer was suspended for using a gay slur, the Houston Chronicle noted that "a group of [Houston] Dynamo supporters has embraced the tradition, which originated in Mexico and is common at many MLS stadiums." Our friends at Gay4soccer implored MLS to take action against the use of "puto" in its stadiums, writing that "it's a word that has no place in soccer."

Soccer America's Mike Woitalla noted: "Teams around the world are being punished with fines or stadium closures for racist chants. There have even been fines for booing national anthems. But the rulers of the game -- i.e. FIFA, Concacaf, Femexfut -- seem to have no problem with this homophobic Mexican fan tradition."

CONAPRED, the Mexican federal department charged with eliminating discrimination condemns the use of puta, saying that it "reflects homophobia, sexism and misogyny that still is prevalent in our society."

The use of the word at Mexican soccer matches dates back to only 2003, so claiming this is some hallowed tradition is absurd. It’s time that slurs against gays got the same treatment as racist slurs and a good place to start is with the use of “puto".

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