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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  36 responses

Kenneth Faried Joins Fight Against Homophobia in Sports


Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has been quite public with his views on gender and equality, and has now joined Athlete Ally, an organization whose aim is to combat homophobia in sports (he’s the first NBA player to do so). Per the NY Times: “Faried, 23, was raised by a lesbian couple in Newark. ‘I have two moms and I love them both very much,’ Faried said in a statement from Athlete Ally. ‘I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the L.G.B.T. community – whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans – to feel welcome in the N.B.A. and in all of our communities.’ Athlete Ally, founded by a former Maryland wrestler, Hudson Taylor, in January 2011, has enlisted other professional athletes to push the cause against antigay bullying. The former N.H.L. player Sean Avery is on the organization’s board of directors, and four N.F.L. players have signed on as supporters: Baltimore’s Brendon Ayanbadejo, Minnesota’s Chris Kluwe, Cleveland’s Scott Fujita and Houston’s Connor Barwin. So far, no Major League Baseball players have publicly joined Athlete Ally. No active player in any of the major American male team sports has publicly disclosed that he is gay. The topic was debated again before this month’s Super Bowl when San Francisco defensive back Chris Culliver said during a radio interview that he had no gay teammates and would not accept one. He later apologized. At athleteally.com, nearly 11,000 people have signed an online ‘pledge’ to respect others ‘regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.’ The N.B.A. welcomed Faried’s association with Athlete Ally. [...] On Sunday, Athlete Ally took note of a Twitter message from Kobe Bryant, who was fined $100,000 in 2011 for referring to a referee with a homophobic slur. Through Twitter, Bryant chastised followers having an online conversation.”

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  • MikeC.

    Props to the young man for standing up for what he believes in. Sports needs more people whose words are worth listening to.

  • 23

    Didn’t know that about faried. I’m glad he’s doing this and I hope everyone else follows suit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tuotila1 Tuomas Uotila

    Wow. Respect.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Respect.

  • KoloradoKobe

    Respect to the Manimal. It’s good to see a youngun come into the L and take a stand. Too many dudes are just about spending paper and looking out for their endorsement deals.

  • Redd

    This is cool, as a Muslim I’m proud to see Faried in this league.

    But, I’m sorry but homophobia is no longer an issue in a mass oppressive way. The issue that needs to be tackled is oppression towards those with Mental/Physical Handicaps, the R word needs to be fought against.

    Those with M/P disorders are picked on & at times even beat up without their struggles being recognized. My old professor said he went to Dixie, IL to a mental hospital where people were in CAGES…CAGES!!!

    Sorry but the LGBT now has a strong voice & lots of backing..it’s been great to see that but the M/P Handicap issue was always more critical.

  • Nigel

    While I agree with you about the need for more M/P disorder advocacy, to say that homophobia is no longer an issue in a mass oppressive way is ridiculous. In over 85 percent of the union, if you are married to a same sex partner and are on your deathbed, your partner does not have the right to be by your bedside. How is that not horrendous and oppressive? Also, there are no mentally/physically handicapped athletes in any of the three major sports.

  • Nigel

    Go Faried! Is there anything not to like about this guy?!

  • Redd

    That’s horrible, I agree. But keep in mind how quickly rights for LBGT are changing. At this point politicians nor evil hearted people can stop the movement, it’s simply shooting on all cylinders. The issue is no longer of dire attention imo. It’s no longer an issue because it’s becoming accepted & protected. If Frank Ocean can cross into Hip Hop which was homophobic then I feel the issue is seeing light.

    The M/Pd needs attention..dire attention. It simply can no longer be ignored, people with M/P disabilities are suffering more than any other social group, once someone famous champions that FULLY..I’ll be in awe & happy as I’ve ever been in my life.

  • Trent

    The fact that anybody thinks it’s an issue means it is. It is possible to give other causes the same attention.

  • Ugh

    Gay men are six times more likely to suicide than straight men. Gay teens are three times more likely to suicide than straight teens. Gay women are twice as likely to suicide than straight women.

    People with a mental disabilities, acquired spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis are more like to suffer depression than an able bodied person, but are less likely to be suicidal.

    Does that tell you that homosexuality is less of an issue than M/P name-calling?

  • Redd

    That tells me that suicide is an issue, it’s always been a huge issue in the US.

    I can’t take you seriously when you think an issue which is extensively covered & supported in a global level & backed by basically all of Hollywood’s industry means more than a issue hardly even thought of.

    Just stop.

  • Redd

    Agreed, it is. But also the LGBT issue is on auto pilot, there’s no stopping the advocacy of it. It’s high time those people realize that the M/P disorder issue is just as, if not more important.

  • Comment_System

    you must be smoking something if you think homophobia is no longer an issue (in a mass oppressive way at that). When you have laws in parts of africa that executes gay people, and in parts of the middle east you will be stoned to death in public for it. If youre only focusing on local media and events, then you need to widen your scope.

  • Redd

    & kids with mental/physical disorders are outcasted as well. Actually you don’t get stoned for it..not sure where you’re getting your news.

    It no longer is an issue in the US as a mass. How many key figures do you know not from the USA pushing the LGBT issue? I’ll wait, I’m discussing the US because that’s where key figures for issues come from. Globally it’s an issue & globally it isn’t being cared for(LGBT).

  • LakeShow

    When your team is playing against him…

  • danpowers

    true about mental disorders. kids in some religious areas in some african regions there (maybe also elsewhere, i just know particularly about this) are being killed as well coz people are scared that their disorders hve something to do with witchcraft, satan or demons. but homophobia is really still an issue in an oppressive way. i wont stop using “gay” = “sh*t” in my language anyway lol

  • Redd

    No, it’s still oppressive I’m not denying, LGBT treatment will always be an issue, that won’t change no matter how hard good people try to change the ignorant view people have.

  • danpowers

    what about: these are all importante issues which have to be tackled by society?

  • Happy

    Exactly. There are lots of issues, including homophobia that should be tackled by society. My biggest issue with Western society? We don’t seem to have the capacity to accept that there are many societal ills that need to be addressed, and that all of them are important and relevant. Racism is alive and well. Xenophobia is alive and well. Classism is thriving. Gender inequality is roaring its ugly head at all levels of society. Religious discrimination is rampant. There is not one issue that we can claim victory over because on each side of each issue we have people who either deny that a problem exists, or we have those that think the issue is the only one that we should focus on.

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’d like to see Rudy Gay join this as well, just because lolz

  • vtrobot

    Actually I think there’s a whole political party trying to stop it. Not trying to say that equality for those with mental and physical disorders isn’t also important, but we still have a helluva long way to go in most of the equality battles. People have been advocating race equality for a long time now, but I think many on this site could give you first-hand accounts that show that racism hasn’t been “fixed” quite yet. Peace.

  • retloc

    So ron artest, delonte west and others don’t have anything wrong with them mentally? Last I checked being diagnosed bipolar would qualify as a mental disorder. There are lots of athletes who have some form of mental “disorder.”

  • Nigel

    There is a big difference between a mental disorder and a mental handicap. Delonte West may be bipolar, but he was still mentally capable enough to get into the NBA. Someone with down syndrome is not.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    You’re right, but Faried’s parents were lesbian, not handicap. So you can see why this is an important issue to him in particular, although other ones may require more attention.

  • Redd

    It’s correct, but I can’t remember the last time anyone has cared for the M/P disabled..idc they selfishly need the majority of the attention.

    People can hate my opinion but it’s not changing, they’ve been neglected way too long.

  • Redd

    No no, you’re right I’m proud of the guy & knew his story when he was drafted. I’m just saying I’ll be in true awe & be truly happy once someone does tackle that issue aggressively.

    No but you’re definitely correct.

  • Redd

    No & you’re exactly right, racial equality won’t be fixed..ever nor will the LGBT issue.

    & Republicans will cave, they’re already pushing a Latino president, they know either they adapt a little of Liberals will now always win.

  • KC

    This is great to hear. Discrimination of any kind has no place in our country.

  • danpowers

    hm maybe thats coz im from germany but over here u see that every once in a while on tv n even companies like mcdonalds collect money for aid which is goin that way.

  • King David

    i HATE Manimal!!!! vs my team LOL

  • Rick James

    I fully support lesbian bitches.

  • Im Rick James

    I fully support lesbian b*****

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    BINGO!

  • Chukaz

    his jumpshot?

  • Ugh

    I’ve presented evidence, you’ve presented opinion.

    A six times discrepancy in suicide rate either tells you that societal acceptance is still a major issue, or you have to attribute the higher rate of suicide in the LGBT community to something other than societal conditions.

    You haven’t done that. You’ve refused to acknowledge the evidence and haven’t offered a counter-argument, you’ve simply restated your opinion,

    To be unable to counterargue evidence and still refuse to accept defeat is irrational, and the cause of your irrationality is emotional. The emotion is fear, and the name of your fear is homophobia.

    That’s all there is to it, Redd. You’re a homophobe.

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