Euro 2012 Homophobia Gets the Boot

German soccer players share a kiss against gay bashing.

A kiss is just a kiss until a gang of thugs comes along and can’t figure out how to process its feelings of arousal. (Photo: Copyright MANEO)

Jun 11, 2012
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Wherever the word soccer goes, hooligans is seldom far behind. In other vocabulary news, most of us will not be surprised to learn that in Europe soccer goes by the name of football, and that the hooligan slice of the football fan demographic is homophobic. Homophobic hooligans are prone to use violence to express their discomfort with experiencing same-sex erotic impulses.

A poster showing two unshaven, sweat-matted male soccer players locking lips in celebration of some shared score is liable to send mixed messages to the excitable mobs of soccer fans currently roving through Ukraine and Poland for the Euro 2012 European Football Championship.

The bold soccer player kiss is captioned: “Would You Also Beat Up Your Favorite Player for This?”

The hope is that a majority of the target audience will answer this rhetorical query with a “No.”

The poster bears the logo and URL of the Berlin antiviolence project MANEO, which since 1990 has been campaigning to stop anti-gay attacks, combining sexual education and violence prevention with victim support.

Which U.S. athletes do you want to see kissing against homophobia? Leave names and whys in COMMENTS

Thanks to Towleroad for the heads up.

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