GLAAD, others call for FIFA to end homophobic chants in stadiums


Over two dozen organizations have called for FIFA to take serious steps toward ending homophobia in soccer stadiums. The request comes via a letter crafted by GLAAD and signed by various leaders in LGBT rights.

The letter is here:

Dear President Blatter,

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and its allies were extremely disappointed and surprised by FIFA’s recent decision to affirm use of the anti-gay slur “puto.” Conapred, Mexico’s anti-discrimination agency, has come out strongly stating that the word is offensive and hurtful, so it is perplexing that FIFA has determined otherwise…

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GLAAD is an acronym that has become out of date so now they just call themselves GLAAD without indicating what it stands for, according to Wikipedia:

Before March 2013, the name “GLAAD” had been an acronym for “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,” but became the primary name due to its inclusiveness of bisexual and transgender issues.

Its stated mission, in part, is to “[amplify] the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.”

Things are changing so quickly even an organization like this cannot keep up.

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