Monday, May 16, 2011

Standing Up to Homophobic Bullying

The New York Times recently reported that two high profile straight athletic stars--one a rugby player, the other a wrestler--are taking on the issue of bullying and homophobia in sports. A cross-country anti-homophobic bullying campaign under the auspices of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is currently underway.

The NYT report writes, "With the surge in the use of social media in recent years, Cohen — whose Facebook page has been 'liked' by more than 150,000 people — began hearing more and more personal accounts from fans who have felt ostracized for being gay. Some said they quit sports because of the harassment, or had been shamed into staying closeted, unable to find support from friends, family and teammates.

'It brings me to bloody tears,' he said,."

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