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Homophobia in Sport

It’s 12 years ago today that Justin Fashanu hung himself in a lockup garage not a kilometre from where I’m sitting now, miserable, pursued by a press following up an unsubstantiated assault charge, he spent his last wretched hours in Chariots sauna – if you ever needed to sum up a fall from grace the dark alleyways of Shoreditch are a long way from being the first Black, openly gay million pound footballer.

12 years is a long time, the world has moved on – but we still don’t seem to be any closer to sport and gay people coming together, sure we’ve got gay football and rugby teams, but we’re not exactly represented in top flight sport? Why is it – when even our military has come round to having it’s pink contingent – that top flight sport seems so entirely unable to come to terms with the fact that some people are gay: it’s an odd area that doesn’t seem to have moved with society.

There’s an interesting article about this in Today’s indie, not sure it comes to any conclusion, much like this blog – as I’m not sure that there’s a conclusion to come to, things don’t seem to have changed, there’s a lot of talk; but still no action.