United we Bend
No smirking. No giggling at the back. This is serious. Football managers undergoing training for their licences are now being taught what to do if a player declares himself gay. As I said no smiling,no hands over mouth, this is where we are today. Most of this training centres around how to handle the media interest , but really does that go far enough?
No, most gay men do not adopt children. They are comfortable in their sexuality and enjoy their partner(s). This is how it should be. But they do have close relationships outside of the bed room. One of which is with their Mums. Now a gay man and his mother is a sacred relationship, sometimes the defining one. And clubs should recognise the fact with special seating areas for players and their Mums. These would have en suite changing and toilet facilities so that if mother and son wish to exchange toiletries or make up they can do so in private.
Gay men understandably often have deep and meaningful relationships with their dogs. Clubs should start to provide facilities for gay men to bring in their pooches. This would make the gay player feel more secure and at home and would improve his playing performance.
There has to be a complete clamp down on distasteful expressions. The fact that gay men enjoy anal sex is of course a given fact. But so do many heterosexual couples. In fact in Roman Catholic countries anal sex was/is a way of enjoying carnal pleasure , not having babies and obeying the Pope on contraception. So no more shirt lifters, turd burglars, pillow biters. Gay men and their partners should be given the same respect as heterosexual players and their WAGs. That is they can be called slags, whores and bitches with impunity.
It will obviously only be a matter of time before some player demands a sex change. Now here again a sensitivity is required. Should the player after his/her sex change be allowed to wear gym slips instead of shorts while playing, use eye liner instead of tigerbalm? It’s a tricky one, but as with Sikhs and their turbans, Muslims and their burkhas the majority culture should show tolerance and feeling. Naturally special changing facilities will have to be provided.
We live in exciting times. No smirking.