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Old Jan 8th, 2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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Another athlete comes out

Former Premier League and Bundesliga footballer who played for the Germany National Team Thomas Hitzlsperger just came out today. He played for Aston Villa and Bayern Munich and retired back in September.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/...ces-homosexual

He's definitely the most high profile footballer to do this, considering he played in the World Cup and European Championships for Germany.

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Old Jan 8th, 2014, 01:04 PM   #2
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...and again the general response from football fans has been either largely supportive or shrugging their shoulders & asking what the fuss is about. It's weird that 0.1% of the luddites who are football fans seem to tarnish the reputation of the 99.9% of fans who aren't stuck in the stone age.

Hopefully we're getting closer to an active top-level player feeling comfortable enough to come out.
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...and again the general response from football fans has been either largely supportive or shrugging their shoulders & asking what the fuss is about. It's weird that 0.1% of the luddites who are football fans seem to tarnish the reputation of the 99.9% of fans who aren't stuck in the stone age.

Hopefully we're getting closer to an active top-level player feeling comfortable enough to come out.
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It would be a lot better if he and others made this type of disclosure when they are active players as it would help reduce society's prejudices. After all, it is the 21st century and society needs to keep a more open mind.
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Old Jan 8th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #5
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It would be a lot better if he and others made this type of disclosure when they are active players as it would help reduce society's prejudices. After all, it is the 21st century and society needs to keep a more open mind.
Totally but still it's better than nothing. We are getting closer to the times when coming out will be hardly news
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Is he hot? We need a photo to decide if this is a good thing or not.
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Totally but still it's better than nothing. We are getting closer to the times when coming out will be hardly news
True. But my feeling is that by coming out when active it will make society more receptive. After all, here in Minnesota half of the Lynx womens pro basketball team came out and society was quite receptive about it. Society will do the same for mens sports just as readily as it has for those few guys who came out in diving and figure skating. My 2¢ for what it's worth.
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Cool. Great to see more people being open about their bisexuality.
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Hot!!! Great news that he came out!!!
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Good for him.
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Is he hot? We need a photo to decide if this is a good thing or not.
Sad as that it is seems to be the consensus with some gay people, they only care if a guy is hot and comes out.

Yeah he's kinda cute alright
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good for him!!!!
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Sad as that it is seems to be the consensus with some gay people, they only care if a guy is hot and comes out.

Yeah he's kinda cute alright
It's true though. If there were rumours that Jonah Hill was gay, most gay people would probably not care. If there were rumours that Channing Tatum was, everyone would be creaming for him to come out
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Sad as that it is seems to be the consensus with some gay people, they only care if a guy is hot and comes out.

Yeah he's kinda cute alright
Hot gays coming out breaks stereotypes. When a fug gay comes out, they just say he's too heinous to get a girl, so he has to go with guys. Ditto with women.
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