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Here’s How A Group Of Gay Men In Brazil Are Forcing Their Way Into A Sport Riddled With Homophobia

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A group of gay men are challenging the concept of masculinity and soccer in Brazil with their own gay soccer league in Rio de Janeiro. LiGay is the first of its kind in the country, and it is finally giving gay men who love the sport a safe space to participate in it.

According to The Washington Post, LiGay was started in 2017, and in its first year more than 150 men showed up to take part in the league. André Machado, the founder of one team in the league, acknowledges that they are positively disrupting a very important and beloved institution in Brazil.

“There’s no law prohibiting it, but in Brazil, there’s a social barrier that de facto prohibits gays from playing,” Machado said. “Now many are rediscovering the sport after being bullied out of it as kids.”

Latin American soccer teams have been fined repeatedly in recent years for the use of homophobic slurs and chants by fans during games. Whether or not the players being harassed were gay, the use of the slurs and chants are commonplace in fútbol culture. LiGay is trying to change that. BeesCats, the team formed by Machado, has even found enough success to join the Brazilian amateur league.

You can read more about LiGay in The Washington Post by clicking here.

(H/T: The Washington Post)


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Third Person In A Month Has Been Detained By ICE While Riding A Greyhound Bus

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Third Person In A Month Has Been Detained By ICE While Riding A Greyhound Bus

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Border Patrol agents in Florida entered a Greyhound bus and asked people to show I.D.

According Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), who posted the video on Twitter, agents boarded the Greyhound bus on Saturday at around 4:30 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale and asked passengers to provide paperwork proving their citizenship. The group added “Proof of citizenship is NOT required to ride a bus!”

FLIC also asked several organizations, including Greyhound, to comment publicly about this incident, saying “[they should] speak out about how these enforcement sweeps are scaring away customers and violating the constitutional rights of riders. Or does Greyhound believe anyone that rides their buses must prove citizenship?”

FLIC later confirmed that the woman seen in the video was detained by ICE, adding “her daughter-in-law who dropped her off at Greyhound Friday morning has not heard from her since.”

The group has raised concern for the woman’s safety and has questioned whether Greyhound had collaborated with ICE in this raid.

The woman complied with the agents without any issue. She got her things and got off the bus.

“My mother-in-law came to visit me last week,” the woman’s daughter-in-law told FLIC. “She’s my daughter’s grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I’m very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present.”

This is not the first time agents have boarded a bus and detained people for not having ID.

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Earlier this month, a father and son were also detained aboard a Greyhound bus. Sergio Vera, 18, and his dad Martin Vera were headed from Seattle to Montana when Border Patrol agents stopped them and asked for I.D., according to Komonews.com.

When they failed to provide documentation, they were escorted off the bus. Sergio says that while he is undocumented, he does have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Neither of them have a criminal record.

When Sergio informed officers of his DACA status, he was told it had expired.

“I had DACA. They said it expired. They said Trump already took that away,” Sergio told komonews.com.

He was released hours later after providing a photo of his DACA paperwork and extension notification, which his mother sent to him via text.

Greyhound has yet to release a statement regarding Border Patrol agents entering their buses.

READ: Bay Area Prepares For Possible Massive Raids of Undocumented Immigrants

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