Today In First World Sanctimony

On one level, the Women’s World Cup is a big deal for the cause of LGBT equality in sports. The tournament features at least 17 openly gay or bisexual players and coaches, including high-profile ones such as Canada’s Erin McLeod, Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe of the U.S., Caroline Seger of Sweden and Nadine Angerer of Germany. Canada’s support for LGBT equality, including legalized gay marriage and prominent national sports organizations joining You Can Play, also means there’s a far different atmosphere around this tournament and gay rights than there was at, say, the 2014 Olympics in Russia. However, this Women’s World Cup also features countries and teams that have harsh anti-homosexuality laws and policies, including Nigeria, which takes on the U.S. Tuesday night in Vancouver. As Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl writes, being gay in Nigeria is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 14 years, which means gay players have to hide their sexuality:…


What is the larger issue here: how sub-cultures in other countries are treated or is anyone actually watching these games?


  • Petey

    Good God, you need a scorecard just to keep all the progressive agendas straight. Ha, I just made a joke. But seriously, is anyone actually interested in the game?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’d watch before the hockey game started.
      I was looking and looking for any girls on those teams I’d want to shag.
      Still looking.

  • El Martyachi

    Yeah.. like soccer wasn’t gay enough already.

  • I am sick and tired of those whining fags. Start your own soccer league.

  • Clausewitz

    Because soccer wasn’t boring enough, Ladies and Gentlemen we give you “Wimmin’s” soccer.

  • eMan14

    If Canada is playing, I’ll try to catch a few minutes. I have no time for the politics of gender, preference, or LGBT issues.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I thought it was about soccer.