Athletes Tackle Homosexuality in L’HOMO
Homosexual men and women are commonly seen in real life but ask the big sports stars their opinion on having gay teammates and they would rather stay quiet.
L’HOMO, a Dutch magazine, then asked, “Would the lesser known athletes be more vocal about the issue?” With that, the publication gathered footballers Evgeniy Levchenko, Demy de Zeeuw, Kenneth Perez, Ronald de Boer, gymnast Jeffrey Wammes, tennis player John van Lottum and racing car driver Mike Verschuur for a May 2011 feature entitled Sons of God.
Demy de Zeeuw, who plays as midfielder for Ajax, said: “[Coming out] is very difficult in football. That’s partly because of society. You want to change things, but there are some things that stay the same.”
Albeit de Zeeuw’s apprehensive take on the issue, Jeffrey Wammes and Mike Verschuur both had positive things to say about coming out of the closet.
The 23-year-old race car driver Verschuur said: “Many fellow drivers – not mentioning any names – told me they were gay too. But they dare not say so in public which is a real pity. Because there is nothing to fear. On the contrary, [coming out] has only made me stronger. It’s made me a better driver.”
Wammes, who used the L’HOMO exclusive feature to announce his homosexuality, said: “There was already a lot of speculation about whether or not I fell for boys or girls. To me it has nothing to do with sport or how I perform. But when I was asked to do this, I made it clear straight away how things were and that’s that.”
L’HOMO, a special edition of Linda Magazine, is currently on its third issue. The magazine aims to openly discuss homosexuality in sports.