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Entendu sur @HomoMicro : L’année 2014 dans le sport LGBT et des sportifs LGBT

Posted in audio, FGG, Gay Games, Olympics, Outsports, sport by marcnaimark on 2015/01/04

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Entendu lundi 29 décembre 2014 sur HomoMicro (audio ici)


Je propose un rétro sur l’année 2014 dans les sport LGBT et des sportifs LGBT, une année avec des coming out très remarqués. Ce qui suit est inspiré de la liste publiée par le site américain Outsports, qui recense 109 coming outs dans le sport sur 2014, soit une trentaine de plus que les 77 notés en 2013.

Sans les reprendre tous, je voulais évoquer surtout de l’impact que peuvent avoir ces coming out. Je pense notamment aux jeunes. Prenons l’exemple de Connor Mertens. C’est un joueur de l’équipe de foot américain de sa petite faculté. Il a fait un coming out réussi, mais surtout, il est devenu une ressource pour d’autres jeunes sportifs, un conseiller officieux. Outsports a fait le portrait de certains qu’il a conseillés, comme Alejandro Graterol, qui joue à l’équipe de baseball de son lycée, et qui a fait un méga coming out après avoir consulté Connor Mertens. Un autre, c’est Dawson Roscoe, membre de l’équipe d’athlétisme de son lycée au fin fond du Wyoming, qui doit déjà gérer une différence, puisqu’il est métis dans une petite ville 100% blanc. (more…)

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Yagg.com / Pour que le petit pas du CIO en faveur de l’égalité ne soit pas le dernier

Posted in FGG, Olympics, Pride House, sport, web, Yagg by marcnaimark on 2014/09/26

blogyaggcioFrom Yagg.com
http://unamericainaparis.yagg.com/2014/09/26/
pour-que-le-petit-pas-du-cio-en-faveur-de-legalite-
ne-soit-pas-le-dernier/


Certaines organisations, celles qui ont le plus profité de la visibilité offerte par le choix du Comité international olympique de tenir les derniers Jeux olympiques d’hiver à Sotchi dans la si homophobe Russie, étaient ravies de crier victoire lors de l’annonce faite par le CIO qu’une clause interdisant la discrimination sur la base de l’orientation sexuelle serait incluse dans le contrat liant le CIO et la ville hôte pour la prochaine sélection.

L’on comprend que des groupes qui cherchent à se rendre plus visibles, à améliorer leur couverture médiatique, et augmenter leur potentiel en matière de récolte de fonds pourriaent décrire cette annonce comme une victoire qui leur incombe (tout en ignorant des groupes avec un engagement plus long et plus durable en la matière, par exemple la Fédération des Gay Games, Human Rights Watch, ou le mouvement Pride House). Que quel est l’apport de cette modification de contrat ? Que faudrait-il que fasse le CIO pour changer réellement le mouvement olympique pour respect le principe du sport pour tous, dont les sportif/ves LGBT ? Considérons d’abord la révision proposée du contrat. Voici la nouvelle clause L du contrat (notre traduction) : (more…)

Slate / Is the new Olympic host city contract enough to prevent LGBTQ discrimination?

Posted in FGG, Olympics, Pride House, Slate.com, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/09/25

blogcontractFrom Slate.com
http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/09/25/
will_the_new_ioc_host_city_contract_
really_stop_discrimination_at_the_olympic.html


The Associated Press reports today that the International Olympic Committee hasdecided to include new language in host city contracts that will require the cities and national Olympic committees of their countries to adhere to Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which bans discrimination in sport. Despite the fact that sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected in the clause’s language (unlike race, nationality, gender, etc.), advocacy organizations like Athlete Ally and All Out are praising the move as a great improvement from the 2014 Sochi games, during which Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws drew criticism from LGBTQ and human rights groups around the world.

Yet nothing in this announcement can guarantee any real protection for LGBTQ people. While All Out may claim that “This clause will ensure that future host cities must abide by international human rights standards in order to host the games, including the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and athletes,” this is more wishful thinking than reality. For that kind of protection to be certain, the IOC must explicitly include sexual minorities in its Charter or host city contract—and, more important, provide a means of enforcing such commitments.

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Homomicro / Retour sur les 9èmes Gay Games

Posted in audio, FGG, Homomicro, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/09/01

bloghomomicro20140901Audio here.


Podcast #10-1, premier épisode de la saison 10

Comme l’an passé, Brahim et son équipe traitent avec humeur l’actualité LGBT à travers différentes rubriques.

Au sommaire :

  • Sport : Gay Games 2014
  • Santé : Ebola
  • Actu : Yagg en parle
  • Cinéma : Boys Like Us
  • DVD : Les Grimpeurs
  • L’Agenda de Septembre

Re-imagining (the) Olympics

Posted in FGG, Olympics by marcnaimark on 2014/08/31

blogreimaginingText by Marc Naimark for a presentation delivered by Leviathen Hendricks at Mansfield College, Oxford. Links follow the presentation. 


Re-Imagining (the) Olympics
Oxford – 2 Sept 2014

How the Gay Games re-imagine the Olympic Games

ABSTRACT

The Gay Games were born in relation to, and in opposition to, the Olympics. The Federation of Gay Games has maintained an attitude of emulation, opposition, and indifference to the Olympic Movement. Currently the intent of the FGG is to provide constructive engagement to encourage the International Olympic Committee to take on the issue of human rights in the Olympic Movement, and in particular, homophobia in sport. A focus for the FGG’s engagement is the host selection process, for which the FGG submitted a contribution focused on human rights as part of the IOC Agenda 2020 process.

The Gay Games were founded by an Olympian as an alternative to the Olympics that consciously emulated the structure of the Olympics while promoting a different mission for the Games: the Gay Games were to be games for all, where participation was more important than performance.

Our participation in the workshop is aimed at reviewing how the Gay Games have developed with the Olympics as a model and anti-model, and at how the Federation of Gay Games hopes to engage with the Olympic Movement to promote the values at the core of the Olympic Charter, with a focus on submissions from the FGG and other organizations to the Agenda 2020 process.

We will be represented by Leviathen Hendricks, a member of the organizing committee of Pride House London 2012 and the FGG External Affairs committee. (more…)

Yagg.com / Au revoir Cleveland, bonjour Paris !

Posted in FGG, France, sport, web, Yagg by marcnaimark on 2014/08/22

yaggaurevoirFrom Yagg.com
http://yagg.com/2014/08/22/gay-games-au-revoir-cleveland-bonjour-paris-par-marc-naimark/


La neuvième édition des Gay Games c’est fini. Le pari osé de la Fédération des Gay Games (FGG) qui en 2009 a préféré la candidature de Cleveland à celles de Boston et Washington était-il gagnant?

Pour la Fédération, c’est un oui massif. Il y a eu bien entendu des hics, des choses n’allant pas comme on l’aurait voulu. Le nombre d’inscrit.e.s était en deçà des prévisions, manque à gagner financier compensé on peut le croire par le formidable travail de recrutement de sponsors commerciaux et associatifs réalisé par le comité d’organisation.

Les épreuves étaient en majorité bien gérées et les sportifs/ves ravi.e.s. Il y a eu des histoires passionnantes, comme cette grand-mère de 99 ans qui a établi un record du monde dans les 100m lors du meeting d’athlétisme. La visibilité des sportifs/ves trans’ n’a jamais été aussi forte, avec des médailles pour le dynamophile Kinnon McKinnon, le triathlète Chris Mosier, ou la cycliste Hana Pinard, parmi d’autres. (more…)

David Douillet, meet Helen Grant: whether male or female, EU sports ministers just can’t help being sexists

Posted in FGG, France, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/02/22

blogffgdouilletFrom the Gay Games blog:


 

Many know David Douillet, French judo champion, BFF of former First Lady Bernadette Chirac, and politician, who served as French sports minister for a few dark months in 2011-2012. He is noted for having in his younger days written that he “was a misogynist, as are all men, except for faggots”. A youthful indiscretion? So he claimed, and yet he recently declared that the worst thing you could call him is “faggot”. And along the way, he declared that women practicing judo and other combat sports was “unnatural”.

Now UK sports minister Helen Grant has just demonstrated that you don’t have to be a man to hate women athletes. In an interview in The Telegraph, she explains that to encourage women to practice sport, you need to cater to religious prejudice by creating portable women-only swimming pools, and by adapting sport club schedules to Muslim prayer. More important, you have to offer more girly options in sport like Zumba and ballet, and less of those icky sports like field hockey or football.

“You don’t have to feel unfeminine,” stresses Ms Grant. “There are some wonderful sports which you can do and perform to a very high level and I think those participating look absolutely radiant and very feminine such as ballet, gymnastics, cheerleading and even roller-skating.”

Please, Ms Grant: go look radiant somewhere and leave your ministry to someone who really loves sport and wants to encourage women to practice it because it’s great. Maybe it’s better to have a minister who fights gender stereotypes rather than reinforces them?

Response to PFG fearmongering on Michael Sam – They miss the point

Posted in FGG, France, sport, Uncategorized, web by marcnaimark on 2014/02/12

blogggpfgFrom the Gay Games blog:


French free daily 20 Minutes interviewed Paris Foot Gay, the notorious homo-free anti-homophobia football team cum advocacy group on Michael Sam. As can be expected from an organization that has no reason to exist once out gay athletes become common in football, they gave their standard fear-mongering message: coming out in French premiere league would be “dangerous”. 

The response to this points out that PFG misses the point. Rather than waiting for the football star to come out, and rather than saying how “dangerous” that would be, the first out gay football star is far likelier to be a young athlete who is already out when he joins a top team. Rather than focusing on pro teams and players, PFG should be promoting better conditions for young gay players to be out.

But that would mean they might have to find something else to do. Like play football or something.

Pour contraster l’arrivée de Michael Sam, un joueur ouvertement gay à la NFL, la ligue professionnelle de football américain, certains en France prétendent que ce serait « dangereux » pour un joueur de foot de Ligue 1 de faire son coming out. (Paris Foot Gay, pour le nommer.) (more…)

Paris Foot Gay once again shows that it’s not very interested in gays

Posted in FGG, France, sport, Uncategorized by marcnaimark on 2013/10/24

blogggpfgFrom the Gay Games blog:
http://gaygames.org/wp/2013/10/24/paris-foot-gay-once-again-shows-that-its-not-very-interested-in-gays/


Typically there are only a small number of kinds of opponents to the Gay Games and to LGBT sport. Among the most disturbing are those in our community (almost always gay men) who complain about a “gay-only” event, despite the fact that the Gay Games are open to all. Oddly enough, they often react this way in comments on gay websites. Apparently it’s OK to have a gay website, but not a gay-friendly sporting event.

But there are a few outliers among the opponents who don’t fit in a box. Paris Foot Gay is one of them. A hybrid of an advocacy group and a football club, it has had success in raising awareness about homophobia in football. To carry out its mission, the advocacy wing receives substantial support, in particular from governments, despite questions about the nature of the organization and the use of its funds. (more…)

In 2020 evaluation report, IOC again proves that trees are more important than people at the Olympics

Posted in FGG, Olympics, sport, Uncategorized, web by marcnaimark on 2013/06/26

blogggtreesFrom the Gay Games blog:
http://gaygames.org/wp/2013/06/26/in-2020-evaluation-report-ioc-again-proves-that-trees-are-more-important-than-people-at-the-olympics-homophobiainsport/


Well, the evaluation report (view here on InsideTheGames.biz) for bids for the 2020 Summer Olympics is out, and once again we can see the priorities of the IOC and once again they’re not human rights, and in particular LGBT rights.

We do note that none of the finalists (Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo) are as dreadful as Sochi in terms of human rights (although Turkey seems to be trying its best). But the lack of any discussion of human rights in this document is telling.

You might think that this is because the focus of the document is on venues and other infrastructure for the Olympics, and you’d not be entirely wrong. Indeed, a great many pages are devoted to such topics. But there are many other points considered by the evaluation committee, including “education”, “safety and security”, and the “environment”. (more…)