Queer footballers and the politics of coming out

A look at the issue of LGBTQ footballers (soccer players for Americans) and the politics of coming out.

The Queerness

With the media suggesting that Premier League footballers are set to come out, Marcus Stow looks at the politics of coming out and asks what our allies are doing to support us

Every once in a while there’s  a media storm about the imminent coming out of Premier League footballers, and reams of analysis about how the game and fans would react ensue. There’s always reference to the sad tale of Justin Fashanu, who came out a whole generation ago, and how the game has ‘moved on’

Judging by the guessing games by fans on Twitter, and one footballer tweeting a ‘no homo’, it suggests there is some way to go, not to mention the very real issue of homophobic abuse from fans. The otherwise scrumptious and delightful Thierry Henry thought that a player coming out would be ‘great for the game’ and he would himself be supportive…

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