The London Titans Want You To Know “We Are Gay And We Love Football, Too”

"I knew instantly that the football world and being gay just sort of clashed."

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Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, but homophobia can leave gay players scared to be themselves.

A group of queer jocks is hoping to break this trend as members of the London Titans, a new LGBT soccer team. Their stories are detailed in the recent BBC Radio 1 documentary We Are Gay and We Love Football, Too.

“We exist to not exist,” explains one player. “We have to exist to provide that environment so that people can play football safely and happily.”

There are more than 2,000 players in the English Football League, though none are openly gay. The doc also interviews straight members of an opposing team, some of whom admit they’d feel uncomfortable showering in front of gay teammates.

“Personally, I don’t feel like I can do anything myself,” says one straight player. “I feel like it’s up to gay people to turn up, and then we just not treat them any different.”

Watch the two teams come together and attempt to bridge the unfortunate gap in We Are Gay and We Love Football Too.
 

 

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