Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Kevin Pillar’s use of a homophobic slur is both disappointing and indicative of how society must work even harder to wipe out homophobia, say members of local sports organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.
“We don’t know what he said . . . I’ve seen the footage and it sure looks like he’s using a homophobic slur, and its disappointing,” says Catherine Meade, vice chair for OutSport Toronto, which provides support for LGBTQ athletes and organizations.
“It’s something we continue to see, whether it’s at this level, or in the school yards. People, when they’re unhappy about something, this comes out of their mouth, whether it’s the York Board of Education, an official unhappy with a parent and ends up using the N-word, then says I don’t really talk like this, but there it was, it came out.
“So, we’re here again, with someone who is unhappy and uses a disappointing choice of words . . . and there is a choice here.”
Meade wondered why, in …
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