The New York Yankees are planning events to remember and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The team came under fire for being one of two clubs in the Major Leagues to not hold any LGBT Pride events.
But the team has announced that it is planning several major events to honor the Stonewall riots that occurred in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in which many regard as the foundations of the modern LGBT rights movement.
SportsNews New York writer Andy Martino said: “According to major league sources, the Yankees have been quietly planning significant events for next season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal event in both the history of LGBTQ rights and New York City.”
“While a Yankees spokesman said it was too early to confirm any specifics of the 2019 promotional calendar, other sources said that the team continues to work out details of Stonewall-centered events. ‘Specifics have not been finalized, but I hear that the final plan is likely to include activities both inside and outside the ballpark.”
The team acknowledged that they have been working on LGBT events long before it was criticized for not hosting a Pride night. Martino added the club is “focused on the Stonewall anniversary as a way to push the standard Pride Nights to a deeper level.”
The Stonewall Inn, in New York City’s Greenwich Village for many played a major role in LGBT history. It was the location for a series of riots in June 1969, by members of the community all in response to a police raid.
Two activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were gender non-conforming, thus sparking the entire civil rights movement and the very reason we celebrate Pride Month and celebrated in June.
Some of the earliest Pride marched started in 1970, and in some countries Pride is still referred to as Christopher Street Day Parades the location of the pub.
It’s a known fact that American pro-sports are not known for welcoming LGBT athletes. If you require additional proof just look at Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin the only openly gay male athlete. However, he has now teamed up with Athlete Ally and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality to help create a sort of #MeToo movement in the hopes of addressing homophobia in sports.
In an effort to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports Collin is working with RISE – an “alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals using sports to bring people together to promote understanding, respect and, equality.” Speaking with California university student-athletes to address anti-LGBT participation in sports and put forward initiatives that stop discrimination before it appears on-field, during practices or within the locker room.
Martin is also spearheading training that educates college and university coaches about sexual misconduct and what behaviors are appropriate for students and players alike. Providing tools that assist them in developing strategies for putting a stop to any anti-LGBT language, for example when team members or opponents call weak or ineffective things “gay” or use the word “faggot” to intimidate opponents.
Martin stated in a recent interview, “There are kids out there that still are questioning themselves and questioning their spot in sports just based on their sexuality.” Furthermore, he stated: “We need to have a better culture in place for our young kids, and if that can come from coaches and better education in terms of how they’re creating a healthy environment for their teams at a young age.”
Efforts to combat homophobia in sports isn’t an easy task and Martin appears to understand this. A survey completed in 2015 found that of 9,500 athletes from six English-speaking countries found 83% of male athletes remain closeted to their teammates, 84% had witnessed homophobia at a sporting match and 80% didn’t feel safe to be openly gay as either a competitor or a spectator.
Well, it appears that two more major league baseball players had to apologize Sunday after tweets that used anti-gay and racial slurs surfaced, sent while they were teenagers (18).
Sean Newcomb pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Trea Turner a shortstop for the Washington Nationals both apologized in various degrees, and well as their respective teams. The two become join Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers who have had to publicly apologize for their offensive tweets. Major League Baseball said that Newcomb would meet with league executive and former player Billy Bean, who is openly gay as part as of diversity training. Turner might have to I certain at some point do the same, his tweets were found late Sunday night.
Newcomb’s tweets were sent when he was 18 and a freshman in college. He used the word “fag” in six tweets and made racist comments including using the word “nigga.”
Turner as well made his when he was 18 and playing college baseball. They were summarized by the Washington Post:
Two of Turner’s resurfaced tweets were replies in which acquaintances were called homophobic slurs. In another, the tweet reads “unless ur gay” in a reply to a former North Carolina State teammate. A fourth tweet suggests that if a woman working at a drive-through were to ask who the [faggot] in the back of a car was, it would be Turner. A fifth tweet reads, “Once u go black, u gonna need a wheelchair,” a line from the movie “White Chicks.”
Both players did manage to apologize, Newcomb’s, to be honest, was less than convincing.
“I felt that it would be good to address it right away and just let people know that I meant nothing by it,” Newcomb said. “I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’ll be smarter. I think that people who know me know that’s now the kind of person I am.”
Lame, that’s all I can say of that apology, there is nothing sincere or contrite about it and it’s a stark contrast to Hader’s reaction when his tweets surfaced.
Turner’s mea cupla was better:
“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter,” Turner said in a statement released by the Nationals. “I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly. I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”
Both teams also issued statements:
“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments do not in any way reflect the values of our club. Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”
From the Atlanta Braves:
“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean who is incredibly remorseful. Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility.
“We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”
In a weird side issue, it appears it wasn’t a coincidence that Turner’s tweets surfaced hours after Newcomb’s, according to the Post. “The offensive messages surfaced after a Nationals-centric Twitter account earlier Sunday dug up racist and homophobic tweets sent by ... Newcomb.”
In another weird side issue, Turner “lends his time to MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ program, an anti-bullying initiative.” I guess he can use himself as an exhibit from now on.
The MLB has ordered that Hader take sensitivity training and choosing not to impose a fine or suspension since the tweets were before his time with the MLB. Newcomb and Turner will most likely get the same.
You can forgive both Newcomb and Turner for their homophobia and racist comment as teenagers if they’ve both changed. Turner, I am more convinced, but to be honest Newcomb’s response was lame. But you have to give credit to the MLB, they have directly addressed the issues, but I would suggest that these players spend some time going over their Twitter (social media) accounts and take care of business.
Bradley Kim who is a defensive back for the Air Force Academy made history this past Friday when he came out as gay. He becomes the first football player in the Air Force, Marines or Army to come out and publicly say he is gay.
Kim wrote on his Instagram: “Jeremiah 29:11 God made me this way for a reason. I did not think this day would ever come, but I’ve finally reached the point where I am comfortable and confident enough with myself to say that I am gay. It’s been a long road to get to this point and I definitely would not be here without the love and support of my amazing family, teammates and coaches here at the academy, and my equally amazing friends. I feel blessed to have such receptive and understanding people in my life. ”
He further added: “I hope that I can serve as an example to those who are allowing their fear of acceptance to change who they are. I almost gave up my dream of playing division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone, but today I am happy to say that I am a cadet at the Air Force Academy playing the sport I love with amazing people standing behind me and supporting me. If anyone feels like they don’t have a voice or feel like they are alone, just know there are plenty of people out there like you and me, and more that are willing to talk to you about it. God bless all and thank you to everyone who has made me feel comfortable to live my most genuine life.”
OutSports profiled his story with the following: Earlier in the day, Kim, a safety with the Air Force Falcons, came out to the other defensive backs on the team. He said they gave him a standing ovation. Going into that conversation, he had already told his parents, various former teammates from high school, several teammates at Air Force, various people at the Air Force Academy not affiliated with the football program, and various coaches with the team. Every one of them, including head coach Troy Calhoun, had a reaction of full-fledged support.
“They tell me they appreciate the fact that I felt confident enough, and they meant enough, for me to tell them,” he said.
Kim said their reactions, along with the supportive environment of Air Force, left him with no fear or anxiety going into his conversations with his teammates, or posting his message on Instagram.
’I’ve spent too many years worrying what other people will think and letting it affect what I do in my daily life. And I’m kind of done with that. It doesn’t affect my ability to play football. It doesn’t affect my ability to serve my country. No one cares here. We all go through the same thing, we all go through basic training. What we go through going through the Academy goes way deeper than worrying about what someone will think.”
How could someone who has been so outspoken against the rights of the LGBTQ community be in charge of player development?
This question has puzzled me since I first heard the announcement yesterday from my alma mater that Ron Brown was returning to the Nebraska football staff as Director of Player Development.
Why is there a lack of sensitivity around the implications and optics of this hire? Did Nebraska football consider how this would affect a large portion of their fan base who value inclusion? These were just a fraction of the questions swirling around in my head when I heard the news.
I’m not here to reiterate the words Ron Brown has said to undermine a community I hold near and dear to my heart. A quick internet search will do that for you.
I’m here now to shed light on this situation, share some facts, and help expand the consciousness of those who may not understand the ramifications of such a hire.
For those who may not know, Coach Brown was the wide receivers coach my freshman year at Nebraska. This was the season in which I faced some of my most extreme challenges while trying to be accepted and included as an openly gay Huskers football player.
Did Coach Brown ever treat me with disrespect or animosity during his time as a coach while I played? No.
Do I know the conversations he or others may have had about me behind closed doors? I do not.
What I do know is that Coach Brown is a man of extreme religious convictions. While I was playing he led Nebraska’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program, and after games Coach Brown and I would join others at center field for a prayer. I remember Coach Brown with a smile and kind demeanor. As a coach, he was confident, poised, and smart. This is what I know of Ron Brown.
I’m sure for those reasons and others, Coach Brown was brought back to Nebraska to mentor Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. However, what about his sordid past including his advocacy against LGBTQ anti-discrimination in the workplace in Omaha? Was this ever considered during the hiring process? Having diversity of thought in the position of director of player development is important. Did Husker Athletics ask Brown what inclusion means to him?
The hiring of one person should not negate the incredible past and current diversity and inclusion efforts of many passionate individuals working tirelessly within Husker Athletics and throughout the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
Fellow LGBT SportSafe co-founder Nevin Caple and myself have both spoken at their annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit. I am 100% confident that the Husker Life Skills program will continue to work towards creating a more inclusive athletics department for everyone in all their differences including LGBTQ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans.
I have spent the better part of a decade reconciling some of the dark experiences of my Husker football career. It took me years to get to a place where I could use those experiences to help inspire others to live authentically and to help create a more inclusive athletics community.
Inclusion doesn’t happen overnight. Like honing one’s athletic skills, it takes practice. Brown is entitled to his personal values and beliefs, just as we all are. One does not need to compromise their values or beliefs in order to be respectful of others and to implement inclusive behaviors.
Brown may very well have expanded his views on LGBTQ inclusion over the past several years. At least that is a hope of mine because he now has responsibilities to more than just himself. As a member of Husker Athletics, Brown must know that his actions will reflect on coach Scott Frost, athletic director Bill Moos, and the Nebraska football program as a whole.
UNL and Husker Athletics share common values around diversity and inclusion with respect, acceptance, and unity being three key elements of those values. It is my hope that Ron Brown can uphold these institutional values which continue to define the Husker way.
Macroaggressions such as the hiring of someone with a sordid past without an explanation as to why can often continue to hinder progress. However, I pray this time we can see the incredible opportunities this has presented; opportunities for growth and education.
The new Husker football staff has landed in an inclusive athletics department, so continued education on diversity and inclusion may be warranted. Everybody starts from somewhere, and we must be respectful their journey. Meeting in the messy middle and having difficult conversations is not easy, but it’s the surest way to instill growth and to find common ground.
I know there are a lot of Husker fans, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, who are feeling shocked and even hurt by this new hire. I understand, and your feelings are valid. I urge Nebraska Football, Husker Athletics, and Ron Brown to stand up and address this in whatever manner they feel necessary. If you stay silent on this topic, however, your silence will be experienced as rejection, and you will continue to lose more of your fan base.
Ron Brown, my door is always open, my phone is always on, and my email box is always ready. I know Husker Athletics has my contact information. I would be more than happy to have some deep conversations with you in order for us to both grow and learn from one another.
Go Big Red!
Eric Lueshen was with the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2003 to 2005. He is now co-founder of the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program. You can find him on Twitter @EricLueshen, and on Instagram @EricLueshen.
r/h Out Sports
Collin Martin has come out, the 23-year old professional soccer player announced on Twitter that he is gay and right before his team hosted their Pride Night game against FC Dallas. “I am announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer,” Martin wrote. “June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.”
Martin is an FC midfielder for Minnesota United and becomes the second openly gay player in Major League Soccer’s history (Robbie Rogers came out in 2013).
Recently the Football Association launched its “For All” campaign. The campaign is designed to include everyone regardless of their ethnicities, sexualities, faiths, genders, ages and abilities and disabilities.
Well, it appears that more “leaked” pictures of a local celebrity has surfaced. Jordan Nuttell a striker/half center for Boston United in Lincolnshire, UK is dealing with images that will show more than just his smile.
He’s tall, has a great smile, tanned, muscular, and apparently, he has a nice package.
Just looking at Nuttell’s Instagram you can see plenty of shirtless pictures and he doesn’t appear to be shy about showing his body.
So, the question once again we ask is why? Why would you send nude pictures of yourself knowing there’s a chance they will be “leaked”. We live in a culture that privacy doesn’t mean much these days. You have to ask yourself is it worth it? For some, it just might be worth it.
You form your own opinion.
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Australian (New South Wales Waratahs) rugby player Isreal Folau who was against same-sex marriages in Australia decided to take to twitter and had to share “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.” If that comment wasn't enough he decided to make another one about LGBT individuals and has gotten him into some hot water.
It appears that last week on Instagram a follower posted a question to Folau; “what was gods plan for gay people?” and his replay was; “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Well, it appears that Folau comments haven't gone over to well with Rugby Australia or the New South Wales Waratahs. They are demanding an explanation from him and have since denounced the player.
Folau is now whining that he is somehow how being 'persecuted" after his comments and they shared on twitter the following: “blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
This might be the time for him to review the Rugby Australia's inclusion police.. It reads as follows: “Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion. There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”
He is scheduled to meet with officials on Tuesday. Wonder what his explanation will be?
Robert Páez in an op-ed by Outsports came out.
Páez is a professional diver for Venezuela, he represented the country at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. The 23-year old stated: “Growing up in Venezuela, I knew from a very young age that I was different, despite not knowing what exactly that meant,”
He further stated:
I was born gay. As I got older I became more aware of it, and as I grew–like with so many others–it became my great dilemma. It was a source of worry that I was interested in things like dancing and fashion, things that in my culture were for women and gays. I shied away from doing many things. I was at times ashamed to go out into society, to face who I really was.
Páez says he is no longer ashamed of who he is and his sexuality. For many years it was fear that prevented him from coming out. However he feel that he is no longer going to give in to that fear. “Accepting ourselves and respecting ourselves are big first steps. Life is too beautiful to be hidden in a closet.”
“In sharing my story, I hope to help make homosexuality as common of a word as heterosexuality,” he writes. “We have to understand that we are all equal.”
Here are a few Instagram pages and you can read the full op-ed at Outsports.