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German Soccer Star Mario Gomez Wants To Play In a League With Some Out Homosexuals

November 16, 2010

 

Mario Gomez

Mario Gomez

 

Mario Gomez, a one-time German Footballer Of The Year who plays for Bayern Munich, just established himself as a 25-year-old friend to gays: He’s breaking the mold and calling for gay soccer players to come out.”We’ve got a gay vice-chancellor [Guido Westerwelle]; the Berlin mayor [Klaus Wowereit] is gay. So professional footballers should own up to their preference,” says Gomez, who signed a whopping €30–35 million four-year contract last spring. Now he wants more players to come out (though it’s unclear what prompted his call).

Coming out in Germany soccer, however, doesn’t have a great track record: When Marcus Urban came out — the only player to do so while active — his career was promptly thrown into the skids in 1997 when he told his teammates; it was another 10 years before he told the public. There’s also the horror story of Justin Fashanu, the only player to ever publicly come out while playing; he killed himself eight years later in 1998 after being accused of sexual assault.

Does Gomez already know of a gay player who’s yearning to come out, and this might be an attempt to test the climate? One can hope.

via German Soccer Star Mario Gomez Wants To Play In a League With Some Out Homosexuals / Queerty.

What Would Dorothy Do?

If UK Rugby player Gareth Thomas can come out of the closet and continue to have a successful carrer, it’s time for the Germans to man up to who they are and do the same.  Hiding behind the ‘it’s not acceptable’ in my industry/sport/career, is NO LONGER acceptable.   Change will never happen if you can’t stand up and be who you are.   Others won’t know, or accept you and the LGBT community if you hide in the shadows. 

 
We all take the risk every time we come out (most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have to come out of the closet just once).  The fear of rejection, ridicule or career impact is simply an excuse for not being who you are.  Only through showing who you are and exposing that you’re just like anyone else will people be able to grow, learn and accept you.
 
 
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