David Beckham & Co. On a Homo Mission

What’s that? Gay slurs run rampant in sport? Indeed! So how honorable of Britain’s professional soccer league to spit out a PSA video of its stars speaking out against homophobia.

David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the big names of English football who will be asked to speak out against homophobia in a video to be screened at grounds, including Wembley, and in schools around the country, with the aim to “kick anti-gay prejudice off the pitch and out of the terraces”.

Peter Tatchell, of the gay rights group Outrage!, has persuaded the Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association to guarantee around £20,000 of funding towards the project, and he said yesterday that he believes the video might also encourage some gay players to come out.

“I know of a group of gay footballers who would not feel comfortable coming out at the moment,” Tatchell said. “This video might be the precursor to that happening, and if it’s well received, I suspect it will give some players the confidence to think about coming out.” [Independent]