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Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football, Football

Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football

The shirts of Germany’s top flight players will this weekend be adorned with a unanimous slogan: “Geh deinen Weg” (“Go your own way”) as part of the weekly Integrations-Spieltag (Integration Matchday). The message of integration is primarily in support of young members of the immigrant community but following an interview with an anonymous gay footballer in the German magazine “Fluter”, it is the homophobia debate which has begun to take centre stage.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 14 September 2012 at 3:40 pm

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music, Arts

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music

In the uber-macho and hetero-centric world of urban music, particularly in hip-hop, coming out as gay or bisexual isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence. So Frank Ocean’s decision to publish a heartfelt open letter on his Tumblr site this week revealing that his first love was in fact a man has significant implications.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 9:53 am

Banter Bigotry: It’s only a joke, love, Notebook

Banter Bigotry: It’s only a joke, love

Banter is a very odd thing. As an activity it provides a handy shelter for bigots to flex their anti PC brigade muscles and to prove to their friends that they fell out of the funny tree and hit every branch on the way down. What it is not alledgedly is subjective. Anyone who questions the banter status quo is immediately deemed humourless. I’ve seen it used to shield people from accusations of racism, homophobia, disablism and sexism and it’s the latter, which as a 45 year old woman, I’ve witnessed most.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 28 May 2012 at 4:00 am

Top of the posts: Double dipping, the dreaded bloat, and a new England manager, Notebook

Top of the posts: Double dipping, the dreaded bloat, and a new England manager

The most read blogs this week, as determined by stats.

By | Notebook | Friday, 4 May 2012 at 4:33 pm

As long as the Catholic Church pushes homophobia, it shouldn’t be allowed to run state schools, Notebook

As long as the Catholic Church pushes homophobia, it shouldn’t be allowed to run state schools

You have to hand it to the Catholic Church. It takes a certain level of chutzpah to come through arguably the most widespread global paedophile scandal in human history and its subsequent alleged cover-up, and still be dishing out moral guidance on ‘disordered sexual practices.’

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 10:13 am

Britain’s Gay Footballers: A few thoughts, Notebook

Britain’s Gay Footballers: A few thoughts

Gay footballers. Why don’t they come out? This is a topic that I visited in November 2010, and I don’t wish to sound like a broken record by going over all of that ground now. More importantly, last night’s BBC 3 screening of Britain’s Gay Footballers presents a good opportunity for an update.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Wednesday, 1 February 2012 at 12:20 pm

Blatter, race, and status quo, Sport

Blatter, race, and status quo

You see, on one level, what Blatter said can be laughed off as the fumblings of an out-of-touch fool. “Rise above it”, etc. Except you can’t rise above it, and that’s the whole point. Blatter is the top dog.

By | Sport | Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 11:34 am

Michele Bachmann and The Homophobia Vote, Notebook

Michele Bachmann and The Homophobia Vote

Michele Bachmann, founder of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus and candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, stepped out from political obscurity this week when a gay activist working for the homosexual advocacy group, Truth Will Out, attempted to shine a spotlight on the checkered, largely unknown, past of Minnesota’s 6th district Representative.
Bachmann entered the race [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 18 July 2011 at 12:50 pm

Let’s talk about sex, baby, Notebook

Let’s talk about sex, baby

By the time sex education was taught at my secondary school at the end of year nine, one girl had already left to have a baby and another was pregnant; a little too late then, perhaps?

By | Notebook | Friday, 6 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response, Uncategorized

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response

Yesterday David Kato, a Ugandan gay rights activist, was beaten to death in his home.  His murder came a few months after a tabloid had published an article exposing him and other people as homosexual, in what was a very modern witchhunt.  Following the publication of that article, he received several death-threats; the police are currently investigating the circumstances of [...]

By | | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 2:43 pm

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