Morning Brew – Wednesday, March 16: A Nigerian women’s soccer coach says she’s rid of lesbians on her squad



Jennifer Beals was on the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos this week and and she talked about the impact The L Word had on television for lesbians. She uses the words “crapshoot,” “imperfect” but also “gratifying.” (Thanks for the tip Sue!)

Several celebrities have signed an open letter to the president re: marriage equality, including the usual suspects: Ellen, Portia, Melissa Etheridge, Jane Lynch, Lara Embry, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner — and that’s just the lesbians!

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Nigerian women’s soccer (football for those of you outside of the U.S.) coach Eucharia Uche delivered a paper this week that mentioned lesbian players on the Nigerian Football Federation’s teams, including her own. She said:

It’s a worrisome experience that some of our players indulge in lesbianism. Some of them go as far as renting rooms in hotels around the team’s campsite where they go to satisfy their orgy. Yes, lesbianism used to be a big problem in the team, but since I took over as the chief coach of Falcons, I think the problem has been dealt with. Lucky, some of the girls played with me and they know my dos and don’ts. They know that I cannot tolerate such a nasty practice. In fact, lesbianism does not currently exist in Falcons’ camp and nobody discusses it. When the presence of God is invited in a particular place, positive changes abound.

The players have come to know God now unlike what we had in the past. Most of them lived in ignorance, but now, they have realised the truth through proper counseling. We now have a bunch of players that are thirsty for the things of God and with that, they are now more committed and devoted to their games, knowing that football can attract fame, fortune and joy to their hearts quite unlike lesbianism that can ruin them. The Christians among them now go to church and on our own, we periodically organise non-denominational prayer sessions.

We have seen the result of our efforts and I can tell you that lesbianism is now a thing of the past in the camp of the Super Falcons.

Unfortunately, her statements are not the only horrifying thing. The article from which she’s quoted refers to lesbianism as “an oddity,” “a problem,” and “a menace” amongst other things. Nigerian women’s football players, if you are reading this, make your way to the States. I know for a fact there are plenty of out lesbians on the women’s football teams here, and we would welcome you with open arms.

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Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Bringing Home Baby (TLC 2 p.m.), Bump! (Logo 7 p.m.), Fierce Funny Women (Showtime2 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m., midnight, 4 a.m.) and Amanda Palmer on Last Call With Carson Daly. (Thanks Roni!)

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