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AdrianB

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https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/51497733

More than two-thirds of male rugby union players have heard team-mates use homophobic slurs in the past two weeks, says research backed by Harlequins.

The Premiership club and Australia's Monash University also found that 42% of male players surveyed have used such slurs themselves in the past fortnight.

Quins host London Irish on Saturday in an LGBTQ+ Pride-themed fixture.




"Harlequins is a club for all and we believe sport should be too," said Quins chief executive Laurie Dalrymple.

"The club is proud to lead efforts to make sport inclusive and develop evidence based programs to ensure every young person can play and enjoy sport."

While 69% of the male players surveyed had heard homophobic language from team-mates in the past fortnight, 67% said they had 'close' gay friends.

"Most rugby players say they use the homophobic language to get a laugh out of others, or fit in on their team, and it seems they don't realise how harmful this language is to gay people, or to the team culture generally," Erik Denison, one of the researchers at Monash University leading international studies on this issue, said.

"It was very interesting to see most want the language to stop being used, but don't realise everyone else on their team feels the same way."

Harlequins said the study analysed data collected from 275 male and female rugby players - aged between 16 and 42 - from eight randomly selected rugby clubs in the south of England in January and February this year.

The findings from the research will be used to help develop programmes to stop the use of homophobic language in all sports.
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OK - well that pretty extensively reformatted that post.

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OK - well that pretty extensively reformatted that post.

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Sorry, I nodded off. What were you saying?
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Fairly shocked by some of the posts today :(
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Can we all just talk about rugby, please.
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I think it's a great initiative by harlequins to shine a light on this aspect of rugby culture. People often talk of rugby values in a positive way, but I think many people would acknowledge that homophobia has been present in (male) sporting culture for some time.

I'm proud that they've taken a stand and chosen to celebrate diversity. Hopefully this will help boost inclusion and bring more people into the game from all walks of life.

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It was a great day to remind ourselves that our players are not a bunch of utter jessies.

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The rainbow flag was brilliant - showed us that Landajo is completely useless.

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I would guess most of us know gay people. I'd also suggest that a lot of gay people have an interesting sense of humour, fairly self deprecating. But then so do people with disabilities, for example. I knew a chap in a wheelchair who nicknamed himself "Ironside". And a gay chap who loved the nickname "Queenie", given by his husband. Ironically, one of the gay chap's colleagues was reprimanded for using homophobic language because another colleague had complained.

Therein lies a big part of the problem. People rush to be offended and suddenly the so called offence is deemed "phobic". One man's humour is another man's insult, and it can be a fine line.
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