UN says gay soccer players should come out
UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has called for gay soccer players to come out. Pillay suggested players should be encouraged to express their sexuality without fear.
Speaking in Geneva ahead of the World Cup, Pillay told the assembled media, "I encourage players, sports people to declare their sexual orientation without fear. That's the only way they will find the right to sexual orientation accepted.”
Pillay said: “They are role models, it's important to send this message to their fans as well. It is a shame in this day and age people need to hide who they are."
Pillay made the comments after a UN Human Rights Council meeting, where she spoke out regarding discrimination based on race, sexuality or disability.
Pillay also suggested governments needed to address issues of homophobia and discrimination in sports when bidding for major sporting events
Pillay suggested Brazil’s massive $11 billion blowout for the World Cup could be considered a human rights violation given the forced evictions, child labour and misuse of public funds that have shrouded the event.
"Sporting events should celebrate the joy of human potential, not generate pain and abuse," Pillay said.