While there is work being done by a number of athletes to support the LGBTQ community, homophobia is still a prevalent issue in the culture of sports.
A first-hand account shows that homophobia is still going strong even in Vancouver, a city that many consider LGBT friendly.
As I wait for my interview with a closeted bisexual football player to begin, I consider how awkward this conversation will probably be. I don’t know anything about John (name has been changed to protect anonymity). I know that he played football for a Canadian university team, I know that he’s bisexual, and I know
he word “faggot” has been tweeted nearly three million times since July 5. A new website from the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services called nohomophobes.com tracks the tweets of people using the phrases “faggot,” “no homo,” “so gay” and “dyke” — all of which are tweeted well over 1,000 times
You can walk through any high school in North America and hear the words “dyke” and “faggot” spoken as if they were okay to use when it quite obviously isn’t. The prevalence of this language is attributable to homophobia: something that has been present throughout history and has not yet diminished as much as other forms