first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins He qualified that he was “straight,” but believes “the whole game of labeling sexuality is a joke.”“Preferences are preferences, love is love and everyone deserves to be their own authentic selves without having to fear the judgement of others,” he explained.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He expressed his views on homophobia in sports: “I feel like [athletes] are not doing enough to address the homophobia that is very apparent in sports due to fear of judgement set by their peers and coaches.” “It’s 2018 there’s no space for ignorant assh*les,” he said. “Judging someone by their sexuality is as ignorant as judging people by their skin colour or religion.” LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Vice Ganda, who is also a member of the LGBTQ community, was impressed as well.He shared Van Opstal’s statement on his own Instagram Stories and made his own comment. “First time I encountered a Filipino athlete boldly [speak] about LGBTQ+ and homophobia. Thanks @arnoldvanopstal [Arnold Van Opstal]!”“I hope everyone including your fellows in your sport sees this post,” he said. Homophobia has long been a problem in sports around the world, and Fare network was organized to tackle discrimination—including homophobia and racism—in European football. The National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States has also taken steps to support the LGBTQ+ community. It protested a law on transgenders using bathrooms of their assigned sex at birth by moving the 2017 all-star game to New Orleans.  /raRELATED STORIES:How the Pride flag was secretly paraded in anti-LGBTQ RussiaWNBA legend Sue Wicks proclaims pride in being gayNBA announces 2019 All-Star game will be held in Charlotte Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Image: Instagram/@arnoldvanopstalPBA player Arnold Van Opstal took a stand for equality during a question-and-answer session on Instagram.When the GlobalPort Batang Pier cager encountered a query about his sexuality, he took the time to lay out how he felt about LGBTQ+ issues.ADVERTISEMENT He also left with a strong message: “All homophobes and racists can go f*ck themselves.”Online, Van Opstal won new fans for using his platform to speak up. Movie and TV writer G3 San Diego, a trans woman, lauded his stance: “Be like Arnold Van Opstal,” she tweeted.Be like Arnold Van Opstal❤️👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/l2LyYiY2sy— g3 san diego (@g3cafe) July 15, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Game 2 between Ginebra and Rain or Shine canceled, rescheduled on Thursday Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img

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