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Old Dec 29th, 2011, 08:11 AM   #496
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« A 32 ans je n’ai pas encore découvert pleinement cet aspect, mais je me rends compte que j’y suis de plus en plus sensible au fil du temps. Je suis sensible à cette culture, à ce savoir-faire, voire même à cette façon d’appréhender la vie qui me correspond ».
Aww. Our little girl is growing up. *sniff sniff*

Nice interview, tim, thanks for posting! (As always! )
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Old Dec 29th, 2011, 03:04 PM   #497
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whenever you read this article make sure to NOT read the comments as this is ESPN

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2011 was an ideal year for a pioneering gay athlete to emerge. So where were they?




Nearly 10 years have passed since tennis player Amelie Mauresmo said she was gay.

This story appears in the Jan. 9, 2012 NEXT issue of ESPN The Magazine.

AS 2011 GIVES WAY TO 2012, "don't ask, don't tell" has disappeared from the military, gay adoption is commonplace, Houston and Portland have gay mayors, and same-sex marriage is legal in half a dozen states and counting. Meanwhile, numerous athletes and coaches have told me they couldn't care less if a teammate were to come out, suggesting now is the time for openly gay players in mainstream team sports.

So why are we still waiting? It's been more than a decade since former No. 1 tennis player Amelie Mauresmo said she was gay, six years since WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes did the same. More recently, Portland State basketball coach Sherri Murrell, NBA team executive Rick Welts, Oregon State softball coach Kirk Walker and Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley all disclosed their homosexuality while still active, to generally positive reaction. Yet no openness movement has followed. No active male athlete in any of the major leagues has followed the path of Mauresmo and Swoopes. It's a reminder that quite some time has passed since sports stood progressively ahead of the rest of the country, when Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Happy Chandler integrated baseball in 1947 -- before the military, hundreds of school districts and thousands of churches.

But as it did 65 years ago, sports can lead again by welcoming -- encouraging, in fact -- the arrival of male gay athletes into the mainstream, by fortifying individual courage with comprehensive support. The NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB have added sexual orientation protections to their CBAs. Unfortunately, David Stern, Gary Bettman, Roger Goodell and Bud Selig have yet to back that up by forcefully advocating for openly gay players in their sports, and that's a huge reason it hasn't happened.

The natural parallel to any change in America is the civil rights movement. Then, as now, it was inconceivable that society would be ready for such change, but the truth is that society is never ready. The real question is whether the major sports leagues are prepared to make us ready.

What does ready mean? It means having a "spouses section" instead of a "wives section" at the ballpark. It means signaling that gay players would be welcome to invite their significant others on the team charter during family road trips and postseason cruises. It means the leagues must ruthlessly enforce a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination and harassment, whether from fans, coaches or executives unfairly trading gay players. It means each commissioner committing his authority to crush dissent, just as Chandler did to the players who threatened to boycott Robinson.

It means educating players to separate sex from homosexuality so that they trust that on fourth and goal, a gay middle linebacker is thinking about a game-saving goal-line stand and nothing else -- that he wants to win a championship with as much desire and focus as, say, Ray Lewis.

It also requires a terrific leap of faith from the pioneering gay player, who must believe that his league, the owners, fans and American corporations, with whom millions of dollars in potential endorsements lie, will support him enough to make his honesty worth the risk.

This is where Stern, Bettman, Goodell and Selig most need to be heard -- to deliver the message that any open athlete will be protected, and to remind us that we've been here before. Just as some argue that gay players can't gain the respect of their teammates, there were those who felt that white players would never believe in their black teammates. We hear that gay players' sexuality would be a distraction in the locker room, just as black players supposedly weren't intelligent, disciplined and committed enough to satisfy whites. The objection that fans would savage an openly gay player is no different from the belief that whites did not want to sit in the same section as blacks (or live next door to them). For every concern that fundamentalists would not accept a gay player, so too was it believed that Southerners would never play alongside black players.

Such pessimistic notions once provided the ironclad foundation of segregation, and all were eventually discredited. But when it came to baseball, it took leaders leading -- Chandler and Rickey -- to prove to Robinson and America that the willpower to change existed. Now the moment belongs to Stern, Bettman, Goodell and Selig. If the commissioners make their stand, just as kids today find segregation inconceivable, future generations will wonder what the fuss about gay players was about.

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Old Jan 2nd, 2012, 01:41 AM   #498
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Thanks for the articles, Timafi.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #499
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Amélie will be on eurosport on sunday at 19h35 (french one) for the draw of the football french cup.

http://www.alleztfc.com/actu/si-le-t...che,14776.html
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From her facebook page:

Making of du tournage d'une pastille "Avantage 20 ans" pour fêter les 20 ans de l'Open GDF SUEZ ! Michel Boujenah, Emilie Loit, Régis Brunet, Alexandra Fusai et d'autres ont joué le jeu... En ligne dans quelques jours sur la page facebook Tennis au Féminin...

Making of the shooting of a scene from "Avantage 20 years" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the GDF SUEZ open! Michel Boujenah, Emilie Loit, Régis Brunet, Alexandra Fusai and others played along... Online in a few days on the facebook page "tennis au féminin"...

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Mauresmo : « C’est le moment pour Tsonga ! »
De passage à RMC Sport, Amélie Mauresmo a accepté d’évoquer le bon début de saison des deux finalistes du tournoi de Doha, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga et Gaël Monfils. Et espère que les Françaises brilleront à leur tour très bientôt…



Amélie, est-il envisageable que Jo-Wilfried Tsonga remporte l’Open d’Australie ?

Ce qui est sûr, c’est que sa saison commence très bien. Je pense qu’il surfe sur la confiance qu’il a accumulée sur la fin 2011, notamment face à Gaël en finale du tournoi de Doha, samedi (remportée par Tsonga 7-5, 6-3). Jo est tout proche du Top 4 mondial. Il a été capable de bousculer les meilleurs mondiaux dans des matches à enjeux, comme en quart de finale à Wimbledon (remporté par le Français 3 sets à 2). Il a 26 ans, c’est le moment !

Gaël Monfils a-t-il lui aussi les moyens de s’imposer dans un grand tournoi ?

Je crois beaucoup en Gaël, il a un très fort potentiel. Il est capable, en faisant évoluer son jeu et en canalisant toute son énergie, d’aller titiller les cadors du circuit. Mais en termes de constance, ça va être plus difficile que pour Tsonga. ( <<< THIS THIS THIS)

C’est un peu le contraire pour le tennis féminin français…
En ce moment, c’est un petit peu dur pour les filles, à part pour Marion Bartoli qui a vraiment brillé lors de la saison 2011. Elle va devoir confirmer, et c’est toujours difficile. Quand on commence une saison, on est obligé de tout réécrire, de tout remettre en question. Pour les autres, notamment Pauline Parmentier, Alize Cornet et Aravane Rezai, il faudra retrouver de la confiance et se refaire une caisse physique. C’est du travail au quotidien, ça ne se fait pas en un clin d’œil. La route est longue, mais j’espère qu’elles vont tranquillement pouvoir se rapprocher du Top 50, voire mieux.


http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/216...t-pour-tsonga/

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For every concern that fundamentalists would not accept a gay player, so too was it believed that Southerners would never play alongside black players.
http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/s...-espn-magazine

Thanks for posting the article, tim In regards to the quote I pulled though, it's worth noting that not all the fears about the kind of racism black ballplayers would face were unfounded. Robinson and his fellow pioneers faced significant discrimination when they traveled, and horrendous harrassment when they played. Not just in the 40's and 50's, either.

And black players trickled into the ranks of the major leagues, they didn't just TA_DA! integrate MLB overnight. (it took the Boston Red Sox TWELVE years to put a black player on the field)

So I think you have to take people's fears seriously (and I say this as someone who has no one left to come out to on "Coming out Day"), and we have to remember some things take time.

Besides, with out luck, the next person out will be some dreadful troll. Like Fungus
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From her facebook page:

Départ aujourd'hui pour Melbourne et l'Open d'Australie !!!
On se retrouvera de nouveau quotidiennement sur Eurosport et ce dès lundi 9h pour "l'Entretien d'Amélie".
Aux commentaires aussi évidemment pendant la quinzaine avec toute l'équipe !
N'oubliez pas que cette année comme à l'US Open nous avons les tournois masculin et féminin...
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Leaving today for Melbourne and the OZ Open !
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Leaving today for Melbourne and the Australian open !!!
We'll see each other everyday on Eurosport starting this monday at 9h for "L'entretien d'Amélie".
I'll be commenting aswell durant the 2 weeks with the whole crew !
Don't forget, thsi year like at the us open, we follow the men and women's draw...
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Do you guys want a 2012 thread that I can sticky ?
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There it is:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=451501 and stuck as well
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Just remember there is a 2012 thread
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=451501
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