9 July 2019
Across Latin America, soccer has been mainly a straight guy's sport. But a group of new teams is seeking to change that by providing a safe space for LGBT players and fans and helping to tackle homophobia at the same time. To counter such an environment, LGBT soccer fans have created their own tournament in Colombia. LGBT fans of the game have raised the issue of homophobia in the sport with FIFA and while soccer's governing body has clear rules against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, activists say.
The recent Women's World Cup final has also shed light on inequality in the sport between the sexes. Soccer is by far Latin America's most popular sport, but it is traditionally associated throughout Latin America with a culture of machismo, a game for straight men, rife with homophobic slurs.
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