The big news in LGBT sports is the New York Giants playing a video they made for the You Can Play Project (YCP) supporting the right for LGBT athletes who can play, can and should be allowed to play. Congratulations to the Giants for this bold move! And a big high five to the YCP folks for the success of their long-running video project that lets players, coaches, officials and fans know that homophobia in sports needs to go.
In other news, there are coming out stories on Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and Casey Conway, the Australian Aboriginal member of the Sydney Roosters rugby team; soccer star Abby Wambach is retiring while FIFA’s top official continues to downgrade soccer internationally; and news on the ever-popular Warwick Rowers new calendar. Then there’s the latest on Fox’s Todd Starnes joins Westboro Baptist in supporting anti-gay New York Mets star Daniel Murphy and Lenny Dykstra’s claim that he spied on baseball umpires for use as blackmail. Enjoy this week’s Replay!
NY Giants release LGBT-supportive “You Can Play” video
The New York Giants made history by showing a video made for the You Can Play Project at a recent game. It highlights six famous Giants, including Victor Cruz and Prince Amukamara, along with former Giants David Diehl and Hall of Famer Harry Carson. The Giants promote a simple message that everyone should be treated equally in sports, no matter what. “The New York Giants believe that all athletes should be afforded equal opportunity,” long-snapper Zak DeOssie says in the video, “and judged only by their talent, character and work ethic.” See the video here:
Why Gus Kenworthy coming out is a big deal
The writer suggests it’s because Gus is not only came from a town of 2,000 in the part of America that often isn’t supportive of LGBT rights but also because he came out while ranked as #1 in his sport by the AFP. Read the full story here:
Casey Conway comes out and discusses being gay and aborigine in professional sports
Aborigine and former member of the Sydney Roosters Australian Rugby Team, Casey Conway has also been the primary model for Aussie Bum underwear. After reading the homophobic remarks of another Aborigine rugby player, he decided to use his own speaking platform to support LGBT and Aborigine Youth. Read the full story here:
World soccer legend Abby Wambach announces retirement
According to the Huffington Post, “Abby Wambach, the leading scorer in the history of international soccer and an all-around legend, is retiring. The 35-year-old will play her last game on December 16 against China PR in New Orleans with the U.S. Women’s National Team … part of a victory tour following the team’s championship at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.” Read the full story here:
Disgraced FIFA head: Russia was preordained
In the on-going global scandal that has gripped FIFA, the disgraced head of the international governing body of soccer, Sepp Blatter has claimed the World Cup hosts for 2018 and 2022 were ‘agreed’ upon before the vote even took place. Read the full story here:
Warwick Rowers issue new calendar
Perhaps the world’s most famous naked athletic team has issued its seventh annual fund-raising calendar. One of the organization’s intentions is to confront homophobia. See the NSFW video of the “behind the scenes” photography:
Two U.K. footballers ready to come out
According to the Mirror: “They would become the first ever players to publicly announce they are gay while in the top flight of English football. The stars are thought to be planning to go public before the start of next season.” Read the full story here:
Fox’s Todd Starnes joins Westboro Baptist in supporting anti-gay New York Mets star Daniel Murphy
After a New York Daily News op-ed by a gay Mets fan pointed out New York Mets star Daniel Murphy’s homophobic comments, Fox News reporter Todd Starnes and Westboro Baptist Church attacked the News and extended their support of Murphy’s bigotry. Read the full story here: www.joemygod.com/2015/10/26/todd-starnes-joins-westboro-baptist-in-supporting-anti-gay-new-york-mets-star-daniel-murphy/
Lenny Dykstra says he spied on umpires’ gay sex to use as blackmail
In an interview, former MLB star Lenny Dykstra stated that “…he paid private investigators to spy on umpires. He then used the collected tidbits — allegedly including gay sex — to blackmail the men in blue.” Read the full story here:
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