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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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News: Prop 8, Google, Tony Kushner, Gay Places, Sarah Palin

road.jpg Urgent: Marriage equality supporters in California lag in fundraising. "According to the most recent campaign contribution reports from the California Secretary of State, supporters of the anti-gay marriage November ballot measure have raised $16.2 million in their effort to pass Proposition 8. Opponents have brought in $10.8 million, which is still a sizable chunk of money. But Dale Kelly Bankhead, who signed the email as campaign manager of 'No On 8,' writes, 'We must match what is raised dollar for dollar with the right wing; if we do not, we are at serious risk of losing this November.'" No on Prop 8 (site).

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road.jpg New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos appears at PAC fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans, reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage, promises legislation targeting bullying: "'Sometimes the media will say, ‘What are you doing here?’ You’re Republicans and I’m proud of you for being Republicans and I’m proud of being a Republican and standing here with each and every one of you,' he added. The appearance of a Senate majority leader was unusual. Mr. Skelos took over as majority leader this summer from Joseph L. Bruno, who in his 14 years in the post appeared at only one prominent event held by a gay group — a 2006 lobbying event held by the Empire State Pride Agenda."

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Googleroad.jpg Google to place servers on ships at sea? "A Google patent application filed two years ago but published this fall is getting some new attention because it's just too interesting to ignore. The patent (link) is for putting data centers on ships at sea and harvesting the energy in waves for power. The biggest benefit for the company, though, could come from changed legal and tax status by placing the ships outside of national jurisdiction. It's a thought both fascinating and frightening, although it also may end up as just another crazy patent filed for the sake of filing it."

road.jpg Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner to receive first Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award: "The award, which which comes with a cash prize of $200,000 will be announced on Wednesday. The award was created 'with an eye toward attracting talented playwrights and bolstering the status of their profession.'"

road.jpg Australian Labor MPs slam push for marriage equality: "Responding to AME’s renewed marriage push, Labor MP Anthony Albanese – the Federal Member for Grayndler – lashed out at the group, calling their campaign 'ridiculous'."

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road.jpg Australian HIV infections surge: "New cases of HIV in Australia rose by almost 50 percent in the past eight years, as gay men and immigrants infected overseas spurred the number of people with the virus to a 14-year high. The number of new infections increased to 1,051 in 2007 from 718 in 1999, and are at the highest level since 1993, according to the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research annual surveillance report today. Almost 70 percent of cases in the five years through 2007 were among gay and bisexual men."

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road.jpg Wisconsin Catholic church's music director fired because he's gay: "He says his supervisor fired him this summer after worshipers complained he was too open about his sexual orientation. 'He said having an openly gay male employed at the Church is a scandal,' said Philyaw, recounting the conversation. 'I felt betrayed. But I'm not bitter.' The Madison Catholic Diocese declined an interview request citing their policy of not discussing personnel issues. Philyaw says he's never had any problems at work before and claims the Church knew he was gay when they hired him. Still, employment lawyers there's nothing illegal about what happened."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #121

CHELSEA BOYS: Players on the British football team including Michael Ballack, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole are asked who they think is the team's best-looking player.

GUARDS GONE WILD: A tape of the Queen's Scottish guards in a drunken dance recently surfaced on the internets. The Sun has made sure it's most likely SFW. All four have been identified and come from Glasgow.

KATHY GRIFFIN: Attempts to give away money.

PE-NUS POWER: This one has been around for a few weeks, but haven't posted it here.

Check out our previous guides to the Tube here!


Sportrait: Frank Lampard

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British footballer Frank Lampard, who plays for Chelsea, was attacked by a fan of opposing club Tottenham Hotspur Monday night following the match, after celebrating a win by throwing his shirt into the crowd.

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Said Lampard: "It did shock me. Fortunately I saw it coming and luckily ducked out the way. It was strange … someone running at you like that. Measures need to be taken to make sure it doesn't happen again."

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U.S. authorities are reportedly concerned that the violent football fans may follow Beckham over to the U.S. and have already begun preparing for a similar kind of mania.

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