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04/19/2007


Ricky Martin's 'Vida' Heats Up The 2014 World Cup And Brazil's Beaches - VIDEO

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After his recent stint as a superhero, Ricky Martin produced a bilingual feel-good song called "Vida" with dancey, Latin beats as part of the 2014 World Cup official soundtrack.

It’s quite catchy and the video (which was shot in Brazil) has a quick shot of two hunky beach-goers affectionately holding hands — awwwww!

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…

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'Cristiano Ronaldo is Gay', Maradona a 'Maricon' Say Homophobic T-Shirts Targeting Football Stars

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Just ahead of this summer's World Cup, which will take place in Brazil, an apparel company in that country has been selling homophobic t-shirts targeting some well-known soccer players.

Think Progress reports: Ronaldo

Though some of them are benign — one refers to Italian striker Mario Balotelli as a “loser” and another pokes fun at the French by reminding them that former star Zinedine Zidane is “over” — others are hardly so. One of the shirts says plainly that “C. Ronaldo is gay,” referring to Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo. Another calls Argentina legend Diego Maradona a “maricon,” a slang Portuguese and Spanish term for “faggot.”

The t-shirts have apparently been selling well. They're currently sold out.

According to Caught Off Side, the designer, Sergio K, has denied any claims of homophobia.

Sergio K has attempted to defend his clothing line saying his shirts are “misunderstood” and that “this collection is in the irreverent vein of our brand.” He has also rejected accusations of homophobia stating “It’s not homophobic to me, homophobia is another story. The t-shirts don’t say attack them, and they do not incite violence.”

An online petition asking Sergio K to stop producing the t-shirts has been making the rounds on the Internet.


Young Straight Football Players More Likely to Accept Gay Teammate: Study

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Young gay footballers (as soccer players outside of Canada and the U.S. are called) are more likely to be well-received by their teammates than they were a decade ago, suggests a new study by the universities of Kent and Winchester in the U.K.

The study involved 22 heterosexual Premier League players (between the ages of 16–18) from working-class backgrounds. All of the participants said they would accept a gay teammate. 

From the University of Kent:

The study results showed a marked difference in acceptance of gay teammates compared to the findings of the last such study, carried out a decade ago.

Dr Roberts said: ‘The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.

‘In fact, they were more than tolerant and showed an inclusive attitude toward the hypothetical situation of having a gay teammate, best friend or roommate reveal their sexuality. The results are clear: among the 22 future footballers we interviewed, all were unbothered by the issue of gays in sport.

‘This indicated a marked shift in perception from the last study. Although there was some evidence then that attitudes were changing, there has been a generational shift over the last decade. Lads now are saying “we would openly support and accept one of our colleagues coming out”.’

Another of the study's authors, Professor Eric Anderson, found in another study in 2002 "that gay male athletes were tolerated by teammates, ‘as long as they played the sport well’. However, there were no findings of active ‘support’."

He went on to say that "Recent comments by Robbie Rogers, the former Leeds United footballer who came out but then left the English game to return to play in the US, suggested he didn’t know how easy it would have been to make the transition. However, our research does suggest that attitudes in the locker room among young British players would lay the foundation for a player to be able to come out."


News: Chris Evans, GLAAD, Nigeria Soccer, Brad Walsh

 road Former NYC mayor John Lindsay gave Florence Henderson crabs.

Cpt  road Chris Evans blankets the new poster for Captain America.

 road The Boston Globe on the GLAAD/AT&T letter controversy: "Many nonprofits seek corporate sponsorship, especially in today’s financial climate, but their fund-raising operations shouldn’t drive their advocacy. And if AT&T or any other corporation wants to support civil-rights groups or a teachers’ union, it should do so out of a commitment to those causes, not as a down payment on future favors."

 road Prince makes an attempt to hide his royal purple.

 road Tom Ford on his possiblel future children: "If I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t use it as a press tool."

 road Today marks the 2 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's sudden death.

 road "Gay Liberation" sculpture in Christopher Park gets a thorough scrubbing.

 road Hundreds march for marriage equality in North Carolina.

 road Church reportedly marries eight same-sex couples in Baguio, Philippines.

Brad  road Singer Brad Walsh on the anti-gay attack he experienced a few years ago: "There's a song on the new album called "D. F. W. M." which stands for Don't F*** With Me and it's about a time when I was walking and this truck driver got out, punched me in the face, called me a faggot, and chased me down the street. That was the first time a stranger has touched me in an angry manner. I made a big deal about it in the media and eventually got him fired. The police wouldn't classify it as an assault, so they called it harassment, which is not what it was. Nobody would stick around to be my witness for the police. It was one of those moments where I was like 'wow, it's really not the world I thought it was.' It took me two years to write that very angry song."

 road Gay organizations have called on FIFA to fight the discrimination produced by the Nigerian Football Federation. Sign the petition here. Earlier today, anti-gay Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche said "homosexuality is a dirty thing, spiritually and morally it is very, very wrong."

 road Despite the financial difficulties it has recently faced, organizers of San Francisco's pride parade will not skimp on the festivities.


Gay Footballer Anton Hysén Defends His Father

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Anton Hysén, the first European footballer to come out as gay, is defending his father, former Liverpool FC defender Glenn Hysén, who had been accused of homophobia after he assaulted a man who groped him in an airport bathroom in 2001.

The elder Hysén (above) surprisingly delivered the opening remarks during Stockholm Pride in 2007. His well-received speech at the event encouraged athletes to be open about their sexuality and he spoke about the prevalence of homophobia in sports.

Anton The 20-year-old Sweden, who also reveals that he was the boy in his father's speech at Pride, defends him in the Guardian:

"Until now only my family and friends have known about my sexuality – well I think so, at least. That was the funniest thing when my dad made that speech. When he was talking about 'a 16-year-old who didn't want to come out because he feared what his team‑mates would think', that was me. And people thought it so bloody strange that he was allowed to speak at the Pride Festival, that he was a homophobe and so on. Shit, they were so wrong."

Watch a non-English interview with Hysén published before his coming out, AFTER THE JUMP.

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UK Soccer Fans Are Ready For An Openly Gay Player

It seems like soccer fans in Europe care more about the way the sport is played than who plays in the games themselves. So says a new research study in the UK:

Justin"In a survey of 3,000 people published by the University of Staffordshire, eight out of 10 supporters said gay players would have a positive effect on the sport, comparable to how the influx of black players helped the games tackle racism in the 1980s and 1990s." 

"'One fan told us: 'I'd rather have a gay player who can play than a straight one who can't.' And this is a typical view, not just from supporters but from everyone associated with football,' said Ellis Cashmore, professor of culture, media and sport at the University, in the Observer newspaper."

About half of those questioned could see a positive impact from a well-known player's coming out, comparing him to Gareth Thomas, who came out at the peak of his rugby career.

The Guardian reports: "Of those football fans questioned in the research, more than 52% believe the greatest cause for a change in attitudes in the game would be a Gareth Thomas-type player coming out. A campaign backed by leading players was also considered by almost 31% to be influential."

One respondent in the study believes an openly gay footballer could be win-win for the player: "He could make a lot of money [as] the first gay footballer....when football joins the 21st century."

The actual first player in the sport to publicly come out was Justin Fashanu who did so in 1990. He sadly took his own life eight years later.


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