Who Forgives Older Homophobic and Racist Tweets? Brighton Pride Bus and Possible Gay Footballers; Best Pics of Jerusalem Pride

Who Forgives Older Homophobic and Racist Tweets?

Here’s an interesting piece about a baseball player, Josh Hader, who once posted homophobic and  racist content on Twitter when he was 17, and now he regrets it. This kind of thing has been happening a lot more than usual, and there seems to be a few double standards. The New York Times recently defended a young woman who tweeted some very hateful comments a while back. However, a movie director tweeted some hateful comments in the past and he lost his job. Both have since apologized profusely for their vituperative tweets, but the woman’s apology was accepted and the man’s wasn’t, and a lot of people are wondering why. But more important, who sets the standards of forgiveness?

Here’s Hader’s apology:

 “It was something that happened when I was 17 years old,” Hader said in apology. “As a child, I was immature. I obviously said some things that were inexcusable.
“That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today. And that’s just what it is,” he continued, adding, “I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on. And like I said, that doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.”

You can check this out, here. Of course the most obvious lesson to learn from all this is never put anything in writing online that you’re not willing to stand behind. But I also wonder about why we seem to have different rules for different people when it comes to these things.

Brighton Pride Bus and Possible Gay Footballers

The point of this story is there are no openly gay footballers, which some find questionable. So Brighten Pride decided to make a strong statement about this.

While Pride has always been a time to celebrate LGBTI identities, not everyone is able to do this. Which is why this empty open-top bus will be part of the Brighton Pride parade.
The bus will be carrying every openly gay soccer star on its deck… which comes to exactly zero. Out of the 500 soccer players currently competing in the Premier League, none have come out as gay or bisexual.

From what I gather, the goal is to make it easier for closeted gay footballers to come out…if there are any. I don’t think the goal is to force anyone out of the closet.

Here’s more. 

Best Pics of Jerusalem Pride

On the global front, the city of Jerusalem recently celebrated Pride and photos have been pubbed.

According to several news reports, 20,000 people swept the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday for its annual Pride.

You can check the pics out, here. 

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