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Aussie sports commentator speaks out after colleague 'outed her'
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:May 16, 2022 • 17 hours ago • 1 minute read • 6 Comments
Megan Barnard, a Fox Sports commentator in Australia.
Megan Barnard, a Fox Sports commentator in Australia. PHOTO BY STELLAR MAGAZINE /TORONTO SUN

Megan Barnard, a Fox Sports commentator in Australia, has spoken out in a new magazine article after a now fired colleague Tom Morris outed her in a leaked video in March.


According to the Daily Mail Australia, Morris revealed Barnard, an employee since 2013, and one of Australia’s main sports presenters for women’s cricket, was gay to a Whatsapp group on social media.

“I knew I was gay from the age of 12 … It was such a painful time during my teens, feeling what I was feeling and desperately wanting those thoughts to go away and to be like everyone else,’ Barnard, 37, told Stellar magazine.

“It took me more than a decade to come out, and I’m just grateful I hung in there and didn’t fall off the edge.”

Barnard, who said she feared her career might be impacted by coming out, said no one should be forced to come out before they’re ready.

“I’ve tried to respond to everyone [who] has contacted me,” she told Stellar. “And if this resonates with just one person and makes them realize it’s OK to be gay – that it’s not something to hide or run from — then sitting down for this article has been worth it.”

An internal investigation by Fox Sports found Morris “crossed a line” when he crudely referred to Barnard.

He subsequently apologized for those comments and for another video in which he disparaged women, Asians, Black people and homosexuals but was fired.
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petros

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If her kindergarten school teacher outted her back tin the day, she'd be emotionally capable of dealing with her misfortune?

OR

Let's be realistic, without "spirts fans" finding her worthy of pud pulling, her career is nothing.
 

Serryah

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If it's true - If - then yeah, that was crossing the line and should not have ever been assigned and I hope the teacher is disciplined/fired even for this.

But I say If because where's the proof this was an assignment? Having a parent say it was doesn't cut it. And context? Is it cherry picked out of something broader?

I have questions and yes, I saw the original video. Which brings to mind more questions like why the hell the teacher thought this assignment was okay? Why the hell the school in general thought it was okay?

According to the state law, it would be considered illegal and that should definitely be a consideration in the incident.

As for 'blaming the kid' for not saying no to the assignment? Please. Kids normally don't fight assignments especially if they like the teacher, which this kid does.

In the end, it's on the teacher and whoever approved this assignment initially as being okay to offer for whatever lesson is going on.
 
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petros

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I have questions and yes, I saw the original video. Which brings to mind more questions like why the hell the teacher thought this assignment was okay? Why the hell the school in general thought it was okay?
This is the exact thing parents warned about with CRT. If you weren't stomping your fucking feet and la-la-la-laing with man fingers in you fucking ears then perhaps you'd stop fighting FOR this fucking bullshit.
 

harrylee

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For those going on about teachers being "Groomers" and such...

Guess all cops are too?

This guy did it TWICE; he should be gelded and thrown on an island.
Yup........And all white people are racist too....Are you white Serryah?
 
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Western University LGBTQ poster sparks Muslim community backlash
A Western University social media post supporting the fight against homophobia included an illustration of two women in hijabs about to kiss – sparking a backlash from London's Muslim community that forced school officials to delete it.

Author of the article:Heather Rivers
Publishing date:May 18, 2022 • 18 hours ago • 2 minute read

A Western University social media post supporting the fight against homophobia included an illustration of two women in hijabs about to kiss – sparking a backlash from London’s Muslim community that forced school officials to delete it.


The image, posted on the school’s Instagram account Tuesday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, was met with a firestorm of criticism from people who were offended by the imagery.

They said the post was “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” because the hijab, an Islamic veil, has religious and spiritual connotations. Wrote one person: “Shame on you Western for such an insulting mockery post to my religion.”

This Western University poster, created to support the fight against homophobia, sparked a backlash from the local Muslim community for including a depiction of two women in hijabs about to kiss.
This Western University poster, created to support the fight against homophobia, sparked a backlash from the local Muslim community for including a depiction of two women in hijabs about to kiss.
In response, school officials initially appeared to stand behind the poster, noting they understood “how complex and intersectional this topic is” and that the “imagery may be upsetting to some Muslims.” But on Wednesday, a Western official who oversees equity, diversity and inclusion issued a statement noting the image had been removed.


“We believe this presents an opportunity for genuine, thoughtful discussion about how we can best support members of the Queer Muslim community, and those from all faiths and backgrounds within the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Opiyo Oloya.

“In order to promote that discussion, we have removed the image from the post to not distract from these important conversations.”

One Muslim community leader, Iman Abd Alfatah Twakkal, said the London Muslim community was drafting a response to the images, which he called “inappropriate.”

“We respect the human rights of everyone as protected under Ontario’s human rights bill,” he said. “While we appreciate that the intent is to promote inclusion the poster is doing the opposite . . . singling a Muslim religious symbol in that setting is inappropriate.”


The poster also sparked a petition demanding the school remove the depiction of the Muslim women. The petition had more than 2,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

“It should be made clear that this is not an attack on the LGBT+ community, and the existence of queer Muslims is acknowledged,” the petition reads. “What is portrayed is extremely disrespectful, insensitive and completely imperceptive to the Muslim community at large.”

There was also support for the poster on social media. Wrote one Twitter user: “I cannot believe people are mad that it acknowledges that gay Muslims exist.”

HRivers@postmedia.com
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