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Is English football ready for a gay player?

Is English football ready for a gay player? (image: Pixabay)

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I spoke with David Mooney of the sports blog Football’s Coming Out to discuss sporting heroes, role models, and whether professional football in the UK is ready for a gay player to be open about their sexuality.

Have you always been interested in football?

I’ve loved football since I was a little child. My dad used to take me to Maine Road when I was a kid, and I was brought up going to Manchester City every other week, with a season ticket from the 1997–98 season. I was less interested in playing it at a young age, but by the time I got to the upper end of primary school I was a regular on the playground — just needed a little confidence.

These days, I can hold my own with the ball at my feet, I like to think I’m pretty good at spotting a pass even if I can’t always pull it off. Shooting has never been my forte, but I’m always happy to have a pop whenever the opportunity presents itself. When I play a little more competitively, though, I end up in goal — I developed a skill for five-a-side goalkeeping and throughout my 20s I was damn good on my day, even if I say so myself. I was able to not just react to where strikers were shooting, but anticipate where they’d attempt to score before they’d shot, just by reading their body language.

Sadly, with a bad back and with the folding of my old five-a-side team, I rarely get to play these days.

Who are some of your football heroes?

Playing in goal from a young age, they’re mainly goalkeepers and mainly from Manchester City. My first proper hero was Nicky Weaver — 1998–2007 at City — following his heroics in the penalty shoot-out at Wembley in the 1999 Division Two playoff final. On top of that, I’ve had the good fortune of interviewing him for a book I wrote on that team, and he’s a thoroughly lovely chap. For a while, Joe Hart was in that same bracket, but I sort of outgrew the notion of heroes by the time he was a City regular.

Why did you decide to establish the Football’s Coming Out blog?

I’ve been writing about football for a while, but there are few LGBT voices in the sport. The idea was to bring other voices about the sport from less mainstream areas to give different perspectives on the game.

What are some of your objectives with the Football’s Coming Out blog?

I’d like it to be a place where LGBT people who don’t feel like they’re represented in football can see that there are others like them, and also somewhere that offers a differing perspective on the same events. It’s important to have that, and I would have loved to have had something like it when I was younger.

Is football ready for gay players to be open about their sexuality?

Yes and no. I think the response to a gay player coming out would be largely predictable by supporters of opposing teams, and it wouldn’t surprise me to hear homophobic abuse directed their way. I’ve heard some homophobic language at football in recent years, so I can fully understand why gay footballers don’t come out. There is definitely a problem with homophobia and gender roles in the sport, though I look to the like of Robbie Rogers as someone who successfully came out with the support of teammates. I’d like to see that in England.

What’s your view of FIFA deciding to hold the World Cup in countries such as Russia and Qatar?

It’s a shambles, isn’t it? Very serious questions need to be asked of places that discriminate on the basis of race or sexual orientation — tacit support from FIFA doesn’t really help.

How important is it for young gay guys to have role models in professional football?

I’m very interested to see the first openly gay player in England. I’d have loved someone to look up to when I was 15 years old, still closeted and wondering why I was both gay and into football. It seems daft looking back on it now — the two are obviously not a binary scale — but it’s the sort of daft thing you think as a teenager. Current LGBT teens with an interest in the sport need to see that they can be open and not hide a part of themselves away. But equally, if I was a footballer myself, would I come out now? I’m not sure.

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Everything You Need to Know About Penis Augmentation

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Life happens only once, and imagine that you’re not satisfied with the size of your penis. In the past, you simply had to live with it, perhaps having difficulties getting someone into bed or always having self-esteem issues. However, times did change a lot, and nowadays you can give your penis the upgrade that it deserves. Penis enlargement methods have become extremely popular and very common, with an increase of 120% in the last couple of years. So, if you have any plans of enlarging your little fellow, there are things that you need to know, as this is not a small thing to do (pun intended).

The enlargement: then and now

Penis-enlargement methods, some of them safe while other unsafe, have flooded the market for quite some time now. You can choose from many options, such as pumps, surgical penis enlargements, and even pills. Be as it may, there is a difference to the times we’re living in now. If you opt for a surgery, you need to pay attention to certain things and it’s definitely not a piece of cake, but there are is also a safer way in which you can enlarge your penis.

Why do men opt for this step?

There’s a question that’s probably older than the Bible — does size matter? No matter what your opinion on this is, size is crucial to some men. Even though it might not enhance the performance as a lover or nothing of that sort, the boost of confidence and self-esteem plays a big role here. Now, is it worth it to get through the process of pumping, eating pills or even living the pain of the surgery just to get your penis bigger and boost your confidence? If that’s something that will make you happy, then you should definitely consider it.

However, a lot of men can opt for a non-surgical penis augmentation lately, which is great for increasing the penis girth, with many guys describing it as an “unqualified success”. Performed with the help of fillers, this somewhat new penis enlargement method promises minimal discomfort, clinically proven results, and quick recovery.

The procedure

This non-surgical penis enlargement method is definitely the safest and the least painful of them all.

Even though the idea of having fillers injected into your penis might sound extremely painful, that’s nothing that a bit of numbing cream cannot resolve, which basically means that you won’t be feeling a thing. Bear in mind that the idea behind this procedure is to increase the girth of the penis, but the added weight of the filler lengthens the penis in many cases, as well. As far as the fillers go, it’s very important that you do your homework beforehand and go to the best clinic possible. There are many injectable fillers out there that can lead to serious issues, so don’t try to save money on this procedure if you really want it. What’s also good to know is that there are fillers that are reversible, which means that it can be melted away. This piece of information is very valuable, as you always have the option of removing it if you’re not satisfied with it afterwards.

Target audience

Even though practically every man can enlarge his penis, some are simply better candidates than others. For example, people who have a “hidden penis” might be the most important candidates for the procedure (even though in many cases the patient has to go through liposuction first to remove the excessive fat around his penis). Another group of people are those who have their penis constrained (also known as “buried penis”), which means that not all of it hangs outside the body. This option might require a surgical procedure to release the ligament and thus make the penis hang more outside of the body. And finally, there are those people (perhaps even you) who are simply not satisfied with the length or girth of their penis. This case might be the easiest, and they are considered as the best candidates for this penis enlargement method.

Bear in mind that this is not a small thing to plan ahead. If you opt for one, make sure to choose the method that’s best for you, the least painful, and the safest. Once again — do not save money on this. If you’re sure that you want to make your penis longer, at least get the best service there is.

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