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James Blake Retires From Tennis, Speaks Out Against Homophobia

American tennis star James Blake retired from the sport last night following his first round defeat at the U.S. Open. It doesn't appear that his work is done though, as Blake will continue to work with pro-gay organization, Athlete Ally.

Blake spoke out against homophobia and Russia's anti-gay laws after the match. The Associated Press writes:

Afterward, he talked about tennis, but also causes dear to him. Blake has joined Athlete Ally, an organization working to end homophobia in sports. He lamented an athletic culture "where you're too often seeing a lot of macho sort of showboating when everyone should feel comfortable."

"Sports is a great equalizer," Blake said.

He condemned the law prohibiting gay "propaganda" in Russia, which is  hosting the Winter Olympics next year.

"I think everyone at this point, when you look at numbers, someone in your circle, whether it's a family member or a friend, is gay, transgender, or bisexual," he said. "You should appreciate that those people are valued members of society, people that are doing something good in the world. They should feel comfortable to live their lives. I think any sort of policy that discriminates against them, that excludes them, is completely unfair in today's day and age. That's why I say we're 50 years out and there are still things going on that are discriminatory."

Well stated! We're wishing you luck in your retirement, Mr. Blake!!

 

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