Category: LGBT

Tensión sexual no resuelta entre el fútbol y la homosexualidad

Sergio Soriano escribe:

Que la homosexualidad en el fútbol es un tema tabú lo sabe todo el mundo. Bueno, el mundo del deporte es así en general. Son muchos los años que han pasado y muchos los medios que han intentado sacar (sin suerte) casos y declaraciones concretas.

Vamos a hacer un ejercicio de lógica. En nuestras competiciones de fútbol hay más de diez mil jugadores, según se dice en un artículo de El País. ¿Es estadísticamente probable que no haya una sola persona que no sea heterosexual? El presidente del Observatorio Madrileño contra la LGTBfobia dice rotundamente que no es posible.

Solo tenemos tres opciones. Que no haya homosexuales o bisexuales (algo difícil); que los haya y prefieran no decir nada; o que directamente no les dejen decir nada. ¿Cuál es el problema? Que hay mucho dinero en juego.

Contratos publicitarios, venta de camisetas, entradas, seguidores en redes sociales… Los futbolistas tienen que tener una imagen similar al ‘superhombre‘. Macho, duro, fuerte… Y el gran prejuicio de la sociedad es que un homosexual no puede ser nada de esto.

Pero bueno. Esto se extiende también a la BundesLiga (Alemania) y la Premier League (Inglaterra). Y como dicen las abuelas… mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos. De hecho, en ninguna de las tres competiciones hay un solo homosexual declarado.

Es muy triste que estas personas no puedan (o no quieran) salir del armario. Por presiones, por el qué dirán, por la que se puede armar fuera o por los problemas que puedan tener. ¿De verdad piensan que esa fama que tienen se puede venir abajo solo por su orientación sexual?

A pesar de todo, deberíamos mirar todo esto con perspectiva. Desde el otro lado. Si una figura del fútbol adorada y respetada compartiese su homosexualidad es más que probable que sus seguidores normalizasen cualquier orientación sexual.

Es más, poco a poco se podría conseguir que dentro de los estadios se dejase de utilizar “maricón” como un insulto. Era más que común escuchar expresiones como: “Vete a que el moro te dé por culo”, dirigidas a Cristiano Ronaldo. Tolerancia y empatía.

Six survivors remember Spain’s brutal anti-LGBT laws

Luca Gaetano Pira writes:

Four decades have passed since the abolition of Spain’s so-called “Social Danger Laws” (ley de peligrosidad social) in 1978.

At the time, under dictator Francisco Franco, homosexuality was considered a threat to the ideal of a “macho” Spanish male and an attack on the morals and integrity of the Spanish people.

Franco’s regime represented a period of severe persecution and oppression of Spain’s LGBT community (as well as of women and of the working class).

After the end of the civil war, many LGBT people were punished by the state simply for being gay.

They were imprisoned and tortured along with tens of thousands of political dissenters, anarchists and leftists.

Franco pursued a social model consisting of a submissive and accommodating woman, a masculine and dominant man (with no feminine traits) and the ever-present Catholic morals, used as a means of repression against gay people.

The “Social Danger Laws”, approved on 4 August 1970, included a list of punishments against gay and transgender people including confinement to asylums and banishment from their home towns.

These laws remained in force after the dictator’s death in 1975, but in 1978 a provision was created for the abolition of some clauses, among them the punishments for homosexuality.

Singapore diplomat urges gay sex ban challenge after India ruling

Fathin Ungku writes:

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A veteran Singapore diplomat has called on the gay community to challenge a law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, following India’s scrapping of similar British colonial-era legislation.

Tommy Koh, a diplomat and lawyer, made the comments on Facebook on Thursday in response to a post by a senior Singapore-based academic on India’s landmark ruling.

“I would encourage our gay community to bring a class action to challenge the constitutionality of Section 377A,” Koh wrote.

Under 377A, a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man could be jailed for up to two years, although prosecutions are rare. The law does not apply to homosexual acts between women.

Previous legal challenges in 2014 failed. Reminded of this by another Facebook user, Koh wrote: “Try again.”

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters on Friday that the majority of Singaporeans were opposed to any change to the law but that “a growing minority, want it (377A) to be repealed”.

He added that, in his personal view, care must be taken over criminalizing sexual attitudes.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has previously said that Singapore society “is not that liberal on these matters”. The prime minister’s office did not have further comment on Friday.

Koh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for LGBT rights group PinkDot said that it had been told in its last constitutional challenge that it was up to parliament, not the courts, to change the law.

“We hope that parliament will consider the decriminalization of S377A…We are ready to keep up with India.”

Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex

Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court.

The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu.

According to an official, this is the state’s first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning.

Human rights activists reacted with outrage. Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws.

The caning was witnessed by more than 100 people, according to local news outlet