Gus Johnston: The Reality of Homophobia in Sport

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  1. Team sports is probably one of the toughest and most unique venues to deal with the issue of homosexuality, specifically because of the relative intimacy of the locker room – which is where a lot of bonding occurs.

    Just as I understand why some female athletes may not feel comfortable being watched showering and/or changing by males, I understand why some heterosexual male athletes may not be comfortable being watched showering and/or changing by homosexual males.

    In neither case is it necessarily due to any phobia on their parts.

    But, this does leave the dilemma of how to equally bond as a team with one or more homosexual team-mates. For some, that may not be possible, at least anytime soon.

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