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Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire

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  1. Jock S. Trap 26 Feb 2013, 10:25am

    It is a shame more don’t feel they can come out. Although a few have and it hasn’t damaged there careers.

    Sadly, football is considerably lacking and only change can happen when people do start to come out and be proud.

    1. Don Harrison 20 Sep 2013, 9:07pm

      Jock do you not remember that it is nit easy to first come out? So coming out in public can not that easy.

      I am not defending anyone but that is a fact.

  2. Excuse me but this is the guy who voted FOR Section 28 and voted AGAINST “allowing” gay and lesbian couples to adopt children.

    He has NOTHING to say about our lives.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Feb 2013, 2:18pm

      True, but he did vote for the equal marriage bill and was quite enthusiastic to do it, so I’ll cut him some slack. Peopld can evolve and move on which is what he’s clearly done.

  3. It’s vital for sports bodies to create an environment for sportsmen/women to feel confident and supported to come out whilst they are still active and particularly when they are at the highest level of their sport. Actually, is it not an obligation of employers in sport to adhere to the Equality Act 2010, just as all other employers have to/should do? (Religious organisations and churches are exempt from this law – surprise, surprise!)

    Sexuality is described in the Equality Act 2010 as a ‘protected characteristic’ and therefore it is unlawful for employees to experience discrimination, harassment or victimisation in the workplace because of their sexuality. Homophobia in the workplace (and that includes sports clubs and stadiums) no longer has to be tolerated.

    Enforcing the law within sport will ultimately lead to more openly LGBT role-models at the highest level of sport, more young LGBT persons taking an active interest and a reduction of bullying in schools.

  4. WordsmithNeil 26 Feb 2013, 10:51am

    The headline says he is ‘appalled’.

    His quote says he is ‘slightly appalled’.

    Bit of a difference.

    Not sure how someone can be slightly appalled anyway.

    1. I thought that too. Surely a person is either appalled or they’re not, rather than just ‘slightly’, ‘quite’ or ‘almost’.

      1. Yes, I’d have said it’s an absolute too!

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Feb 2013, 1:47pm

      I’m on the same page. That’s a first if ever I heard it said. One is either appalled or not. Odd use of language for sure. It reminds me of the day I was with a friend of Norman Lamont’s. We were walking along Bond Street in the early evening back in the 70s and he came up to him and said…”may I say hello”? Imagine asking permission to say hello.

  5. What is he surprised that sportspeople don’t feel they can come out when mainstream UK religions deem homosexuals as sinners?

    Not to mention how some of his fellow Conservatives view gay people.

    For example, it wasn’t that long ago there was only one out Gay conservative MP…

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