by Oscar Cherniak
The whole thing with Sandi and the football team is so ridiculous that I don't even want to talk about it. A bunch of homophobic, high school guys hopped up on steroids hardly rates a mention. But what bothers me (beyond the obvious) is the idea that being gay would somehow suggest that you couldn't also be an athlete. It couldn't be further from the truth, my misinformed, pig-skin toting Neanderthals.
Gay sports leagues have been formed in almost every sport imaginable. Although members admit that it sometimes takes some searching to find gay teams, there are many successful leagues operating. In fact, it's one of the few ways in which gay people can openly get together in a group given that a gay sporting event looks no different than any other athletic event. It's just a bunch of people participating in a sporting activity.
A recent Statistics Canada report reveals that gay people are in fact more actively involved than heterosexual (non-gay) individuals. According to the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey, 31.4 per cent of homosexual and bisexual respondents (18 to 59 years) were actively involved in some kind of sporting or physical activity, compared to only 25.4 percent of heterosexual respondents from the same age group. By this, we know that there are more gay individuals pursuing a program of fitness than non-gay people. Therefore, what right do the non-gay jocks from our hallowed football team have to be prejudiced against a gay athlete? None.
I rest my case.