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International Day Against Homophobia


April 9, 2010 - This May 17, 2010 speak up and get involved: break the silence regarding sexual orientation on the field, the court, the arena, the track...join all walks of life to combat sexual discrimination during the International Day Against Homophobia.

The world of sports is rampant with stereotypes, such as masculinity and femininity being inherently and exclusively heterosexual; it is from such stereotypes that spawns homophobia. For some unknown reason, societal progress towards a prejudice-free world has seemingly bypassed the athletics sector, with a heavy silence reigning over anything to do with sexual diversity.

With the theme of “Speaking about Silence-Homophobia in the Sports World”, the International Day Against Homophobia strives to attain a discrimination –free environment for athletes of all sexual orientations – a fair playing field, if you will. This year’s theme highlights the “embargo” of sexual diversity in sports so as to change outmoded mindsets and practices, thus seeking equality on the field and in the locker room for gays and lesbians.

While advances have been made in legislation, it is only until an unlimited social acceptance of homosexuality has been achieved that homophobia will be wiped out. As such, the International Day Against Homophobia is dedicated to social recognition of the homosexual experience, highlights positive aspects of homosexuality as well as the positive contribution of lesbians and gays to society, and aims to reach all groups of society, regardless of their sexual orientation.