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Brazil's LGBT soccer league kicking homophobia to the curb

4 November 2018

In Brazil, soccer has been mainly a straight guy's sport. But a new league is seeking to change that by providing a safe space for LGBT players and fans and helping to tackle homophobia at the same time. Soccer is by far Brazil's most popular sport, with the most World Cup titles in history, but it is traditionally associated throughout Latin America with a culture of machismo, a game for straight men, rife with homophobic slurs.

To counter such an environment, LGBT soccer fans created their own league in response. LiGay started in 2017 and currently has 16 teams nationwide. Friday and Saturday in Sao Paulo they came together for a season ending tournament. Closer to home, the election of right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro to the country's presidency has concerned the LGBT community after his homophobic remarks.