Thought for the week

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Rainbow coloured laces, that's gay!

Right Behind Gay Footballers

This weekend footballers in England and Scotland and been invited to wear rainbow coloured laces in their boots to show support and raise awareness of the campaign to address homophobia in football. The campaign is based on changing the negative attitudes of some fans and players about homosexuality as well as increasing support for gay players. Although there are no openly gay players in the Premier League currently, other high profile sports have had to deal with the media foray surrounding the sexual orientation of their players. Footballers such as Joey Barton have showed public support for the campaign saying "Join the rainbow laces movement. Sexuality in sport should not be an issue in the 21st century."

Check out Barton talking about his involvement by playing the video below.

Joey Barton helps launch campaign urging footballers to wear rainbow laces against homophobia

Gay: a definition

The Oxford School Dictionary defines the term gay as '1. homosexual, 2. cheerful, 3. brightly coloured'. Points 2 and 3 being the reasoning behind the opening title for our current thought for the week. However, more and more often in our schools the term is used as some sort of joke or an aggressive insult.

This week we will be encouraging our students to think more carefully about the way they use the word 'gay' and to understand the consequences of using it in incorrect contexts. How would it make homosexual people feel to know young people see the word 'gay' as an insult? How could that affect the way a person deals with their sexuality? How might it make someone feel to be called gay when they are heterosexual? Is it ever ok to use other offensive words associated with homosexuality? Should a person's sexual preferences ever be discussed at all?