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Soccer Star Frank Lampard Would 'Love It' If A Player Came Out: VIDEO

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With the issue of gay people in professional sports a hot topic, former England soccer midfielder Frank Lampard has said he would love if a player “came out and everyone treated it with respect," reports the Independent.

Lampard (36), who currently plays for Manchester City, was speaking with Alan Carr on Chatty Man last weekend.

The former Chelsea midfielder said the notion that all soccer players are “macho” doesn’t hold true and that attitudes towards sexuality on and off the pitch have changed significantly.

Carr suggested that of “fifty-thousand professional footballers, one of them must be [gay].”

Lampard replied:

“I think a lot of the problem is, as you say, it’s a fact that it will be out there, as it is in all modern life at all times, but I think we are probably at fault as a sport. I think that it’s that old syndrome where it’s a man’s game and you can’t talk about that. I have to say the game’s changing a lot.

“There are a lot of campaigns. I feel it in the dressing room. There’s a different feel about it. I would love it if someone came out and everyone treated it with respect. You know that thing about ‘we’re macho we play football’, is very old hat.”

In recent years, a number of players - including Arsenal stars Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - publicly supported Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.

Former Leeds player Robbie Rogers came out shortly before retiring in 2013 while Aston Villa’s Thomas Hitzlsperger followed in 2014.

In 1990, Justin Fashanu suffered sever homophobic abuse after coming out and later committed suicide following sexual assault allegations.

Watch an interview with Robbie Rogers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sky Sports Presenter Mark McAdam Comes Out, Talks Gay Soccer Players

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Mark McAdam, a correspondent on British channel Sky Sports, has come out as gay, reports Pink News.

Speaking to Gay Times, McAdam said:

“I don’t know of any other gay sports reporters. There’s nothing to compare this to. I battled with my sexuality for years and years. Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality.”

He continued that gay soccer players don’t come out “because of the fear”:

“The reason no Premier League footballer has come out is because of the fear… and the football clubs know billions and billions of pounds are at stake.”

Confirming his lad credentials, he added that although he’s gay he loves soccer “just the same as any straight guy” and that he likes to “sit around and scratch my bollocks and piss on the toilet seat.”

Yesterday, McAdam thanked his 10k+ followers on Twitter for their support.

Although Mark doesn't have an account, he also received plenty of support on Facebook. One commenter added "You are amazingly cute and brave for coming out don't hurt yourself their is always help out there I got help when I tried now I feel great and proud to be gay hold your head high and be proud of what you are never be ashamed their is always some one out their that will share your heart in true happiness."

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Last month, retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger became the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet.


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.


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