Athlete Ally great push to eliminate discrimination
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 23:10
It might come as a surprise to see members of Haven and the football team coming together, but it’s great to hear the word they’re spreading as a unit. The goal of Athlete Ally is to bridge the gap between the athletic culture and the LGBT community. By calling attention to sensitive issues among athletes, such as derogatory language towards homosexuals often heard in locker-room talk, we hope to work toward an absence of hateful words in all talk.
Legal agendas, like legalizing gay marriage in Delaware, are necessary steps toward equal recognition for the LGBT community, but social agendas like Athlete Ally can have just an equally important impact that can help to accomplish what government rulings seek to do. Athletes are often recognized as role models, and the positive influence that our football players exhibit could influence fans and Delaware high school football players to adopt similar attitudes.
Working to inspire a change in attitude in sports will likely lead to changes in attitude in other areas and will encourage LGBT athletes to be as proud of who they are as any other athletes. We are very glad to see the Hens taking this initiative on behalf of the community.