Wa-tishista! J-9 brought this story to my attention and it’s very timely. Last week, Michael Pinto dos Santos, a middle blocker for Brazilian volleyball teamVôlei Futuro was subjected to homophobic chants during a Superliga semifinal match (as chronicled over at Volleywood). Michael did not respond to the taunts but admitted later that it was very traumatic for him. It also made him feel that he had no choice but to come out publicly. He said ”I’m gay. Everyone knows who I am. My team fully respects my sexuality. I have been playing for 10 years and everyone has treated me well and fair. I do not feel the need to let everyone know about my sexuality”
So the poor guy was forced into outing himself and what happened afterward? I’m happy to say an enormous showing of support for Michael from a community shocked by what had happened. Go on over to Asterisk and read how they turned this past Saturday’s semifinal into a day of support for Michael, with banners, shirts and more. It did my heart good to see both the team and the fans taking a stand. The pictures are just wonderful.