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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

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…)

Xtra / IOC votes unanimously to add sexual orientation to Charter

Posted in Olympics, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/12/09
blogxtra2I’m quoted in this article in Xtra:

What will the IOC do with Kazakhstan’s and China’s 2022 Winter Games bids?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted unanimously to add sexual orientation as a protected category to Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter.

It’s an amendment that LGBT activists and allies fervently lobbied the sports governing body to make after Russia’s enactment of anti-gay laws in the leadup to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. An IOC media representative confirms the amendment was approved on Dec 8 and says the exact change in the text will be published in the coming days once the organization’s legal team has worked on the language of the recommendation.

Gender identity has not been included as part of the amendment. (more…)

@Slate / The International @Olympics Committee comes out against anti-gay discrimination #Agenda2020

Posted in Olympics,, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/11/18



A few hours ago, I saw some news that literally made me jump for joy: At long last the International Olympic Committee will change the wording of the Olympic Charter to include protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

This development was part of 40 recommendations published today ahead of next month’s IOC meeting in Monaco, where IOC President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020” process will conclude with significant changes to the bidding process for and organization of the Olympic Games.

The change in language is significant. More than four years ago, I was part of the first formal attempt to demand these reforms. The Federation of Gay Games’ “Principle 5 Campaign” (since then, nondiscrimination has been renumbered as Principle 6) called for sexual orientation and gender identity to be made explicit as criteria protected from discrimination in sport. This call was taken up by Pride House International, particularly during the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The new language will say: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

A few weeks ago, when much ado was made about a proposed change in the Olympic host city contract, I expressed great skepticism. The language in question had already been part of past contracts, and any reference to the nondiscrimination clause that didn’t explicitly include sexual orientation was of little interest to gay and lesbian athletes.


Xtra / IOC to amend Olympic charter to explicitly protect gay athletes

Posted in Olympics, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/11/16

blogxtraQuoted in Xtra Vancouver:

Following news in September that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would add anti-discrimination language to host-city contracts, its president has now indicated that Principle 6 of the Games charter will specifically include sexual orientation as a protected category in sport.

The existing language of Principle 6 now states that “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

The proposal to add sexual orientation is among 40 recommendations that are part of the Olympic governing body’s Agenda 2020, to be discussed at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, Dec 8 and 9. The goal of the sessions is to shape the future of the Olympics.

“I’m thrilled,” says newly reelected Vancouver Councillor Tim Stevenson, who was part of a delegation that met with the IOC in Sochi, Russia, in February to lobby for LGBT recognition in the IOC charter.

With the announcement of the proposed addition to Principle 6, Stevenson says IOC president Thomas Bach has kept his word about fostering change. (more…)

HomoMicro / L’action d’une sprinteuse indienne contre une politique sportive mutilante #LetDuteeRun

Posted in audio, Homomicro, Olympics, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/10/27

homomicro20141027En partenariat avec Yagg, Retrouvez en podcast la dernière émission d’HomoMicro, animée par Brahim Naït-Balk et réalisée par Pierrick Querolle.

Cette semaine, l’équipe vous propose de :

– faire le point sur l’évolution du PACS et du mariage depuis le mariage pour tous, dans la nouvelle rubrique « Droit » présentée par Me Louis Cornillon,
– discuter des effects sur les enfants de défiler à la Manifestation pour « tous » avec notre doc’ Fabien,
– écouter la critique de Didier Roth-Bettoni du film « Bande de filles » de Céline Sciamma dans sa nouvelle rubrique « Radio Ciné »,
– dans la rubrique « Sport » présentée par Marc Naimark, soutenir le combat de la sprinteuse indienne Dutee Chand contre la politique d’éligibilité aux compétitions féminines à travers la campagne #letduteerun (,
– découvrir dans la rubrique « l’Empire du mâle » de Gwennaël ( un nouveau sextoy, le ballstretcher.

Pour télécharger ou écouter le podcast, rendez-vous sur iTunes ou en cliquant ici. / Revised Olympic Host City contract does not protect against homophobia

Posted in Gay Games, insidethegames, Olympics, Pride House, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/10/23

blogigbcontractFrom (with a delay!)

Some organisations, including some who benefited from the visibility offered by the choice of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold the latest Winter Olympics in Sochi in homophobic Russia, were pleased to cry victory after the announcement made by the IOC that a clause banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation would be included in the next Host City Contract, which you can read about here. 

It’s understandable that groups seeking to enhance their visibility, their media coverage, and increase their fundraising capacity would want to describe this announcement as a win for them, while ignoring the groups that have had a much longer involvement in the issues, for example the Federation of Gay Games, Human Rights Watch, or the Pride House Movement.

Outsports / London School of Economics rugby club suspended for homophobic, sexist brochure

Posted in Outsports, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/10/07

blogoutsportslseFrom Outsports:

The men’s rugby team at the London School of Economics has been suspended for the entire school year for a brochure replete with homophobic and sexist comments.

At last week’s “Freshers Fair,” where new students can discover the various clubs and groups of the school, at the men’s rugby club table, students could find a brochure chock full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and elitism.

As described in LSE’s student newspaperThe Beaver:

The literature promised prospective members a year including Tour and its “downright depravity of fag night” and hustings for club captains which would include questions “predominantly about their sexual persuasion” while assuring readers that “we at the LSE do not enjoy drinking urine or participating in various forms of homosexual humiliation.”

Ironically, the same text also stated that “Wednesdays never fail to produce the perfect hedonistic cocktail of barbarianism, beverages and women all shaken well with a liberal lashing of homo-eroticism.” (more…) / L’équipe de rugby masculine de la London School of Economics suspendue pour sa brochure sexiste, raciste, et homophobe

Posted in sport, web, Yagg by marcnaimark on 2014/10/07


La London School of Economics (LSE) jouit d’une très grande réputation comme établissement d’enseignement et de recherche, sur l’ensemble des sciences sociales et non seulement les sciences économiques. Je me l’imaginais fréquentée surtout avec des étudiants et chercheurs d’un certain âge, déjà établis dans le secteur. Mais en fait, c’est une grosse faculté, faisant partie de l’Université de Londres, et accueillant plus de 10 000 étudiants, dont presque la moitié en licence. Et où l’on trouve des jeunes, on trouve du sport (2500 étudiants pratiquent un sport universitaire), dont, Angleterre oblige, le rugby, tant masculin que féminin.

Au début de chaque année scolaire le bureau des élèves organise une foire aux associations. A la table du club de rugby masculin, les nouveaux étudiants pouvaient découvrir une plaquette de présentation bourrée de propos racistes, sexistes, et homophobes. (more…)

French LGBT soccer team launches rainbow laces weekend for French pro league: “Say ‘yes’ to difference!’

Posted in France, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/09/26

LFP_4x3_FIERS-DE-NOS-DIFFERENCESAs part of Football Against Racism in Europe’s “Football People” action week, Panamboyz United (“Panam” is French slang for “Paris”), a gay-friendly soccer team that was born as the competition squad of Paris Foot Gay. The club, now a member of the FSGL, the French LGBT sports federation, haven’t forgotten their start as part of an advocacy group, and have launched an impressive campaign which will see the teams of the first and second division of the French professional soccer leagues wearing rainbow laces in matches from 17 to 20 October.

During that weekend, special video messages including top players will be shown during pro matches.

Here is their promo video:

Here’s our translation:

On Tuesday when I go to practice, there are straight guys, gay guys, Jews, Muslims, Catholics,

“What are you doing Saturday night? It’s my boyfriend’s 30th birthday.”
“I’ll be there. “

There are white guys, blacks, North Africans.

“Yeah, now my daughter’s lost her job, it’s hell at home.”

There are even guys who kick with their left foot. We’re really all different! And yet we all play on the same team, and we all wear the same jersey.

Be like us: Say “yes” to difference.


Wear rainbow laces! Let’s be proud of our differences!

On the weekend of 18-19 October, players in Divisions 1 and 2 of the French professional soccer league will be wearing rainbow laces to say “yes” to difference.

You too can wear rainbow laces to promote diversity and mutual respect.

Learn more at their website:

You can order your own rainbow laces at / 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


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…)