Stéphane Le Garrec is a football enthusiast. He has hung up his crampons for a while, of course, but he still perfectly masters the art of the tackle. Illustration this May 17. The veteran had to return the shirt. Behind his keyboard, that day, he dropped a resounding comment on social networks. The Plonéouriste reacted to the behavior of the professional footballer of PSG Idrissa Gueye. The latter, a few days earlier, had refused to wear a jersey with rainbow flocking for the day of the fight against homophobia. “I was shocked,” says the 50-year-old soberly. In his message, Stéphane Le Garrec castigated the one who refused to “participate in this operation of tolerance”.
Today, he returns to his rant. “Football players are role models. This kind of behavior can justify harassment,” he argues. At the same time, on the other side of the Channel, Bigouden welcomed the initiative of a young 17-year-old player, Jake Daniels (Blackpool), who was coming out, becoming the first active British professional player at the TO DO. A taboo fell in this sport with exacerbated virilism. “We are still waiting for the first Ligue 1 player to do so, indicates Stéphane Le Garrec, and why not a Bigouden player? ” Not that easy. How can we forget the tragic fate of Justin Fashanu, the first world footballer to come to terms with his homosexuality in 1990? At the time, the case caused a scandal. Target of the press and rejected by those around him, he killed himself in 1998 at the age of 37. Quite a symbol.
Social pressure remains strong
“It’s not a choice, even less a flaw”
“Living with one’s homosexuality often means experiencing extreme loneliness,” explains Stéphane Le Garrec. “When you discover your sexual orientation, around 12-13 years old, it’s a shock. People have to understand that it’s not a choice, even less a flaw”. If he speaks today, it is for others, especially for young people. “The social pressure remains strong. Some feel a sense of shame. When we are young, we are more fragile, the suicide rate among young LGBT (lesbians, gays, bi and trans) testifies to this, it is much higher. You have to be vigilant, ”says the one who will participate, this Saturday, July 2, in the Pride March in the streets of Quimper. A unique and festive event called “Queer Amann”. On June 18 in Brest, the same demonstration brought together 4,000 people in a good mood. “These are important moments”, underlines the Bigouden, happy to see the youth seize the public space.
“I was lucky to have caring parents”
Stéphane Le Garrec grew up in the 80s in a very mixed environment. An adolescence where bullying and hurtful looks were common. “I was lucky to have caring parents. The role of adults is important in the construction of a young person”, maintains the man involved, for a long time, in many local associations. 40 years later, have things changed? “The hypocrisy and innuendo are still there. The difference is that at the time, I had no or very few role models to identify with. Today, there are series like ”Heartstopper”, ”Young Royals” or ”It’s a Sin” to which we can refer. I am also thinking of the magnificent film ”Bobby: alone against all”. These stories allow you to build yourself in a positive way. So, yes, it’s better but there’s still a long way to go”.
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