LGBT Rights: Is Sport Pushing it too Far?

Introduction There is a manifest increase in the global acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) as a lifestyle and also as the subject of human rights worthy of being safeguarded. From the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1952[1] to the passing of a resolution on the rights of LGBT by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011[2], more and more individuals and nations have begun to accept and/or tolerate unconventional sexual orientation and gender identity. Between 2008 and 2011, Fiji, Rwanda and Sierra Leone switched from opposing LGBT rights to supporting them at the[…]

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The Ban on Lesbianism in Nigerian Football: FIFA Statutes vs. Nigerian Law

On the 28th of February 2013, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Women’s Football League, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedinma reportedly declared at the league congress that lesbianism has been officially banned from Nigerian football. This resulted in protests from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) interest groups. It is not the first time that women’s football in Nigeria is making headlines for its abhorrence of homosexuality. At the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the coach of Nigeria’s Super Falcons – Eucharia Uche was reported to have stated in an interview that she had eradicated homosexuality from the squad, further describing it as[…]

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