Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-09-10
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Current; Florentine Current;
Florentine
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current (680 ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

Groups demand response to Nigerian ban on lesbians in football
From a Federation of Gay Games release
2013-03-06

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Federation of Gay Games ( www.gaygames.org ), joined by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation ( www.eglsf.info), Football v Homophobia ( www.footballvhomophobia.org ), and AllOut ( www.allout.org ) release a letter March 6 that they have written to Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, the world football (soccer) federation.

The organizations expressed their concern about reports that the Nigerian Football Association has banned lesbian from football in the country.

This follows reports that the coach of the Nigerian team participating in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany explained that she had excluded players presumed to be lesbians from the team (see gaymes.info/fifa20130305 for past action on this). Given the inaction of FIFA following that situation, and the flippant response from FIFA to concerns over their decision to host future World Cups in homophobic countries, the organizations sending this letter believe that FIFA must now take firm action or confirm its reputation as a homophobic organization, in contradiction to its bylaws and the Olympic Charter.

The text of the letter, address to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valke, follows:

—————

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of the undersigned, we are writing to express our distress about reports of discriminatory behavior by Nigerian Women's Football League chair Dilichukwu Onyedinma. According to press out of the country yesterday (March 4, 2013), following the recent annual General Assembly, Onyedinma has officially announced that lesbianism is now "officially banned from Nigerian football." As you know, this is in direct contravention of FIFA's anti-discrimination policies. Indeed, Mr. Blatter, in an interview on FIFA's official site, dated August 12, 2011, you state very clearly that "[t]he sexual orientation of a player or coach is a private matter. People have to,be able to live their lives free from all forms of discrimination."

We have broached this subject with you before. In June 2011, just two months prior to Mr. Blatter's interview, we wrote to FIFA about reports of discriminatory behavior by Eucharia Uche, the coach of the Nigerian women's football team competing in that summer's World Cup in Germany. Three months later, Mr. Valke responded with a request for proof, which we supplied on September 20, 2011. Over one year has passed and we have received no further communication on this matter.

Mr. Blatter, Mr. Valke, what is the status of the investigation into Nigerian Coach Uche's discriminatory behavior? And what will FIFA do to sanction Mr. Onyedinma and the Nigerian Women's Football League in their discriminatory practices ?

We very much look forward to your prompt response

Emy Ritt (emy.ritt@gaygames.net)

Kurt Dahl (kurt.dahl@gaygames.net):

Co-presidents Federation of Gay Games

Armelle Mazé (armelle@eglsf.info)

Klaus Heusslein (klaus@eglsf.info)

Co-presidents European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation

Lou Englefield (lou@pridesport.org .uk)

Keph Senett (kephsenett@gmail.com )

Football v Homophobia

Guillaume Bonnet (guillaume@allout.org )

André Banks (andre@allout.org )

Allout.org

For information about the Federation of Gay Games, visit www.gaygames.org ..

The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH 9-16 August , 2014. For information about Gay Games 9, Cleveland 2014, visit www.gg9cle.com .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Gay Liberation Network among protesters at Federal Building 2014-09-14
Local news: Gay Indian prince, HBHC raises wages 2014-09-10
House Committee rejects equal benefits for gay veterans 2014-09-10
George meets with Inverness gay man after firing 2014-09-10
ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon 2014-09-10
CDPH's Project CHAT surveys gay, bi men 2014-09-10
Mr. Gay World; Bahama's Pride shut down; Tom of Finland stamps 2014-09-09
Chicago Surrogacy Seminar, Gay Parenting Expo Sept. 13 2014-09-04
Chicago teams optimistic heading into Gay Softball World Series 2014-09-03
Openly gay Latino runs for 35th Ward alderman 2014-09-03
Mariano's employee claims he was fired for being gay 2014-09-03
Gay in the Life: David Friedland 2014-09-03
VIEWS Celibacy is the new ex-gay ministry 2014-09-03
Gay Chicagoan launching 'gender-liberated' undergarments 2014-09-03
Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert 2014-09-02
Thad Gerardot: Gay man hopes to make history in Indiana 2014-09-02
Book-reading opens door to 'Gayborhood' 2014-09-02
Gay Asian website to debut 'Break-up King' 2014-08-30
FGG co-president opens up on Gay Games past, present, future 2014-08-27
Petition seeks gay church employee's reinstatement 2014-08-23
Chicagoan captures bodybuilding gold medal at Gay Games 9 2014-08-20
Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22 2014-08-20
GayWeddings.com head talks about new book 2014-08-20
Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill 2014-08-20
Gay in the Life: Richard Biasi 2014-08-20
BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' 2014-08-19
Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity 2014-08-19
Chicagoans celebrate gold and more at Gay Games 9 2014-08-15
Chicago Rowing Union wins gold at Gay Games 9 2014-08-15
Greg Louganis helps kick off Gay Games Opening Day 2014-08-14
Arizona State football player comes out as gay 2014-08-14
Gay-rights activist receives baseball award 2014-08-13
Gay in the Life: Paige ManWaring 2014-08-13
Gay Games 9 opens in Cleveland-Akron 2014-08-10
Gay in the Life: George Titterton 2014-08-06
The Barcus Bunch: Single gay dad on unconditional parenting 2014-08-05
Gay Games 9: Fewer registrants, but excitement aplenty 2014-08-03
Gay in the Life: Rick Aguilar 2014-07-30
Neneh Cherry's 'Stance' on Chicago, gay pals, being 'mormor' 2014-07-30
Team Chicago hosts Gay Games 9 senf-off party 2014-07-30





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds
 
Pride Films, Plays' Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts
 
Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins at Chicago House event
 
Roosevelt doc sidesteps Eleanor's sexuality
 
ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.