Depressing and Worrisome: Homophobia & The Women’s World Cup

22 Jun

Eucharia Uche, Coach of the Nigerian Women’s National Team continues her quest to repress the right of others to live freely. Read all about her latest bullshit in the New York Times: In African Women’s Soccer, Homophobia Remains an Obstacle

One of the many worrying quotes from the article: “Uche said she had never witnessed her own players participating in homosexual activity. Instead, she said that she had relied on rumors, speculation and news media accounts to form her belief that lesbian behavior had been common in the Nigerian team.” Can you say witch hunt?

It’s depressing to see coaches like this but it does my heart good to see out and proud coaches like Hope Powell (England) and Pia Sundhage (USA) rocking for equality. Players such as Natasha Kai (US) along with Swedes Victoria Svensson and Jessica Landström are doing the same.

Reading that article just breaks my heart a thousand times.

3 Responses to “Depressing and Worrisome: Homophobia & The Women’s World Cup”

  1. kfunk2 June 22, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    sadly, this doesn’t surprise me.
    homophobia is so systemic and institutionalized in the large majority of africa, punishable by death – in both official legal precedings as well as vigilante justice. this, however heinous, is just a microcosm of a much larger issue.

    that said, if we can’t even manage to pass a same-sex marriage bill in NY, ostensibly one of the most progressive places on the planet, i’m not sure how we can expect change elsewhere. so i’d encourage all of you who live in NYS and haven’t done so already: there are still a few hours remaining to get on the horn with your legislators and take them to task over this vote!

    for more details, here’s a great resource on how to participate:

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Yes. This x a million. Please, please, please NYers – make a call. It’s so damn important!

      Eucharia has been pulling her crap for awhile. The sheer ignorance and hatred upsets me greatly.

      • GinaM June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

        I agree totally gets you thinking on how many other people there are like her.. very depressing. I can’t stand ignorant people like that, I’m going to pass that link on to my friend in NY to pass along.

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