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Kathy Belge

Lesbians at the Women's World Cup

By July 6, 2011

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The Women's World Cup Soccer (football) tournament is happening right now and it seems like lesbians have taken the starring role--in good and not so good ways.

First there have been issues with the Nigerian coach Eucharia Uche's homophobic remarks about lesbians on her team. Uche reportedly told a German newspaper "Homosexuality is a dirty thing, spiritually and morally it is very, very wrong." She went on to say,"Yes, the lesbians in our team were really a big problem. But since I'm coach of the Super Falcons, that has been cleared up. There are no more lesbian players on my team."

Activists were upset because the sport's governing body did little to reprimand her. They simply told Uche to keep her comments "neutral." Without any lesbians on the team, though, Nigeria played poorly and went home in the first round.

I was at a soccer tournament over the weekend and all the buzz was about out Swedish soccer player Jessica Landström. Sure, there are probably plenty of lesbian soccer players, but few are as out about it as Jessica Landström. Learn more about Jessica Landström, her coming out process and her fiancé.

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