Stolkholm Pride got off to a very straight start yesterday.
Kicking off the gay festivities, footballer Glenn HysÃ©n decried anti-gay attitudes in sports:
Sometimes, sport turns us into good team players, but sometimes sport turns us into anxious homophobic herd animals. Too few of us who love sport bother to question sport’s values. This is why we adults within sport have a particular responsibility to bring up all girls and boys in a liberal and unprejudiced climate.
HysÃ©n can bring us up any time he wants! Hubba-hubba!
Although, from what we understand, he’s not down with gay sex: HysÃ©n has been accused of homophobia after “assaulting” a man for making a gay pass.
Realizing his appearance may spark a scandal, HysÃ©n made sure to address the bathroom incident. In that incident, HysÃ©n says, a gay man attempted to have a grab at the jock’s package. Reacting against the unwanted advance, HysÃ©n threw a punch, but did not, he made clear, assault the man. Nor does he take any pride in his actions.
I know that many LGBT people have been the victims of assaults and hate crimes. I can therefore understand if some people have been upset by the airport incident, so I want to be clear: I think that it is completely unacceptable that anybody should be subjected to assaults, insults or hate crimes due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In order to finally flush the Frankfurt Airport punch down the toilet: it is not the case that I beat up a gay person. I categorically deny that. I’m not proud that I took a swing at him, but I am proud that I have integrity and that I reacted.
You know, just because someone defends their penis, doesn’t make them anti-gay. It makes them prudes.