Red Card Homophobia origami awareness pins!
Kawa’s Crane, the home of handcrafted origami pins raising awareness for Red Card Homophobia, is now offering FREE SHIPPING from now until December 17! Also, if you use the code “holiday” at checkout, 15% will be discounted from your purchase! (In the case of the pins, this brings the cost down to $4.25 USD.) Note that I will STILL donate $2.50 USD to the cause whether or not...
Brady: Homophobia is as Bad as Racism →
“Max Clifford admitted he advised two Premier League footballers not to come out because football ‘remains in the dark ages steeped in homophobia’.” RCH blogger C.D. comments on that quote and on Kieron Brady’s view on the subject! Read more on the Blog! ->
Some important things! Please read & help! :)
We’ll turn three months old next December 11th and we’ve come a long way since then. It started with a wild group of fans who just got too sick of reading homophobic comments mingled with the sport that’s supposed to be a beautiful celebration of team spirit and incredible game play. And here we are. Where are we and what are we up to? We’ve gathered support of...
Unfair Punishment for Dátolo →
Dátolo is under attack because he posed in his underwear for Romeo Mag, an Italian gay magazine. Dátolo is under pressure from Aurelio De Laurentis, president of Napoli, to make some sort of defence after he stated that “the image of Napoli rights have been violated.” Read more on our Blog! ->
melindarristhyname-deactivated2 asked: i love this blog. i'm a strong supporter of gay rights. i even talk about it on my blog. keep trying to end the harshness of homophobia.
drunken-duckie asked: i love and admire what you guys are trying to do!! we should really promote equality in football! women should have just as many opportunities as men!!! i face discrimination in my school. my sports teacher won't teach me and my friends football just because we are girls! he won't even take us to the field! and all the teachers agree with him!!! if i can come in help in any way plz tell...
Before, people couldn’t even speak about that, like they were rejecting it and...– Florent Malouda of Chelsea FC and Les Bleu on homophobia, which Malouda believes is no different to other forms of discrimination in society. (via italocalcio)
Media Responses to the Top Fan Study →
The Top Fan study, a Staffordshire University research project by Ellis Cashmore and Dr. Jamie Cleland, was recently discussed on BBC Radio 4′s “Thinking Allowed” and in football magazine FourFourTwo. The survey showed that the vast majority of the respondents believed that there was no place for homophobia in football. Read more on the Blog! -> AND IT’S TUESDAY, PLEASE...
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Replies: "Do you agree with Mario?"
danceacrossthesky: I think it’s great that he’s ok with it but just because some of us are okay with it, it doesn’t mean everyone is going to be accepting.
jimmystagger: I’m glad he feels that way, but I have a feeling it probably would be dangerous for a player to do so.
factsforwhatever: I think Mario is basing his assertion on his environment but unfortunately, it’s a bit naive and it’s not going to be that easy over all.
perfectchristmassweater: I believe homosexuality and sexuality in general should be accepted easily and freely. And if it is really no issue it should be ok.
karaoke-dictatorship: Easier said than done. I get that he meant well but he's wrong in saying that it’s no longer an issue. Just look at Vlatko Markovic’s statement.
damelavidadulce: For many players, its not an issue. However, there is a huge stigma against gays outside of footy. I’m glad he’s trying. Every voice matters.
damelavidadulce: Mario is doing a great thing as a player and human being. His words are encouraging, but they’re a little naive. If it were that easy, every gay player would be out. There is such a huge stigma over homosexuality in football and the world. Just last week the pope was in Spain speaking against same sex couples. The audience has to change their perspective, too. Maybe see openly gay athletes playing well will make people realize that sexual orientation is irrelevant.
damelavidadulce: Mario’s words are step in the right direction. I hope he has inspired some of his fellow players and helps young people, as well.
clarytee: Hard one to answer. I think it depends greatly on what country a player is playing in. I guess a French or a Germany player in a high league could even be accepted by the fans but the press would be going crazy and putting him under a lot of pressure. I think at least in Germany (only place i can judge) homosexuality is so accepted that the public would be shocked and ashamed if an out player was openly harassed by fans or club members.
Croatia football chief Vlatko Markovic hit by gay...
Uefa urged to take action over Vlatko Markovic’s claim that there is no room for gay players in the game Gay and lesbian groups across Europe have called on sporting authorities to take disciplinary action against the head of Croatia’s football federation after he said gay players would be banned from playing for the country. Vlatko Markovic served to emphasise the extent to...
Homophobia Still Rife In Modern Football
Watch Video -> Read full article -> Twelve years after football’s only openly gay player killed himself, hostility to homosexuality is still rife in Britain’s national game. (…) Chris Basiurski (…) was forced to join a gay team in a gay league because of the attitude his then work team-mates had when they discovered his sexual orientation. “I ...
BARÇA: FIRST SPANISH CLUB TO WELCOME AN OFFICIAL...
Barça’s latest victory was preceeded last night at the Camp Nou by an official reception for the new LGBT fans club Penya Blaugrana and the inauguration of their new crest. All this in the backdrop of the Queer Football Funclubs Meeting, and event against discrimination that was held in Barcelona and that attracted gay and lesbian fans of many different football clubs in Europe....
Do you agree with Mario? Is it no longer an issue?
Recently, Mario Gomez, German international and Bayern Munich striker, advised gay footballers to come out, saying it is no longer an issue. Do you agree? Yes? No? Why?
E-Mail Campaign to UEFA and the Croatian Football...
November 9, 2010 by Red Card Homophobia On Monday, 8 November, Vlatko Markovic, president of the Croatian Football Federation stated that: “[w]hile I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team…. Luckily, only normal people play football.” Croatian gay and lesbian organizations have already condemned Markovic for these...
Liberal MP Don Foster Joins the Fight Against... →
November 9, 2010 by Jane Chun at RedCardHomophobia.org Don Foster, a Liberal Democrat MP known for his support of several charities and causes such as the elimination of child poverty, has now added another to his list: the fight against homophobia in sports. In an interview with the Gay Football Supporters Network, he revealed his enthusiastic support for anti-homophobia initiatives in...
little-sumo asked: I did the translation of the Gomez article :)
Mario Gomez advises gay footballers to out...
The German international encouraged homosexual professional colleagues to admit to their inclination. Being gay is no longer an issue. National player Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich has encouraged gay footballers to come out. “They would play more freely then. Being gay is no longer an issue. We have a gay Vice-Chancellor, the Mayor of Berlin is gay. So professional football players...
beautifulthingseverywhere-deact asked: I'll translate the article with Gomez if you want to. ;)
This is a call for help: translating German! (part...
THANK YOU ALL! Would anyone be willing to translate the following article into English? If you are, please leave a message in our ask box saying you’re starting the translation (so we can put out the ‘help needed’ sign!) and send your translation to email@example.com ! Thank you for your time! Mario Gomez rät schwulen Fußballern zum Outing Der deutsche...
Have a twitter account and would like to help?
If you’d like to help with Twitter, then we have just the thing for you! See, we are trying to gain visibility and support by having players, clubs and organizations Retweet about us; HERE you will find a list of those people, we have managed to get some of them to RT about us (you can see which HERE) and we’ve been trying to tweet them in english and also other languages (HERE you...
How many of you ARE NOT, but would LIKE TO... →
If possible, tell us your (we won’t be publishing this information on tumblr): name/nickname, age, location, languages you speak and how fluently you speak/understand/write them, how motivated you are and how much you’re willing to help us! It could be as simple as showing your support in your website/workplace, so lend us a hand if you can! you may also want to reach us at...
The Adventures of an Odd Viking: Germany's Gay... →
keishapisha: This makes me really upset. Homophobia just makes me down right angry. Because why shouldn’t people be able to love and be with who ever they choose? Why do only certain people get that opportunity? Where is the fairness in that? People are people no matter their skin colour or sexuality. And I just don’t understand how people just cannot understand that. How they can say it’s...
Darren Purse: A Red Card Homophobia Champion →
Not a lot of people are comfortable discussing homophobia. In the world of football, many personalities involved in the sport are not brave enough to share their opinions on the matter publicly. Thankfully, courage is one of the inspiring qualities of this month’s “Red Card Homophobia Champion,” Darren Purse. Blog post about Darren Purse. A worthwhile read if you missed out on his...
Germany's Gay Soccer Players Stuck Firmly in the...
17.01.2007 Politicians, pop stars and artists coming out of the closet hardly raise eyebrows in Germany. But it’s an entirely different ballgame on the soccer field, where being openly gay remains strictly taboo. German professional soccer hasn’t seen a gay player to date. At least not officially. That isn’t because there aren’t any, but because they’ve ...