First of all, I hate double posting, but the amount of quotes here makes it better to split it in two. This is something I am passionate about.And weirdly enough, the sole reason today, that I wish we had more money, and that I was more professional as a youngster, so I could live off racing, and being open. Just because I know I wish I had someone to look at when I was a kid, to show "it is possible, there is no issues". While there wasn't that much - but some - negativity around gay people in my racing circle, it was also quite clear that the majority had a "It's fine, just not close to me" attitude. And while I remember it was awesome the races we had grid girls, it felt so much more professional - it was a little feeling in my mind that, heh, we are 34 guys lined up with a girl in front of us. Of course, it is expected that we like girls. I never felt excluded, but at the same time, I never felt like the actual me was included.
I don’t know why someone’s sexuality is important to their ability to race? Or why it’s important for the viewers to be aware of?
Who people sleep with is their private business and should be incidental to their career, whether it’s in racing or anything else frankly. In fact I’d guess that there were lots of gay drivers out there who don’t talk about it because it’s not our business. Just as in Hollywood.
It is not - but as it has been mentioned, wives, girlfriends and family is (too) often being filmed. It would be noticeable to see Jean being listed as Charles' partner. Very noticeable actually
Their are plenty of LGBTQ+ people in sport. Most of them just don't feel the need to advertise their private lives to the world.
Neither does heterosexual, but we are still very much aware of it, due to what I mentioned above. There are
people in the racing world that are "living straight" because it is simpler in terms of their career.
A quick question... why do you feel the need to point out you are gay? Do you want special treatment or something? I don't get it.
And being LGBTQ (how many more characters is this going to get) stops nothing. In the same way being a woman stops nothing.
If your good, your good. If Hamilton was gay would Mercedes suddenly drop him? Would other teams not want him? No.... it would change nothing and they would not care if he was gay as he is the best.
Using race, sex, being gay etc as an excuse for being held back is simply that... a convenient excuse to somebody's own limitations.
Nope. We all want to be treated as equal human beeings. For me, it means that I want to be allowed to donate blood, which is something there is a lack of where I live. But even though I have no illnesses (tested), I cannot. Because I live with a dude... I want to be able to bring my dude with me, without a care. Some places I can, some I can't (various sporting places is a good example of the latter).
Is there really discrimination against gay people in motorsports in the UK? If the person wants to bring a partner to an event what’s stopping them from doing so?
I’m not sure why people look to racing for role models on sexuality?
My example was from the UK.
When you are, well - not the norm, and young. It is nice to see someone like you, having a great life, and achieving stuff. If you are young, and somewhat different, you often feel lost, it's always nice to have someone to use as inspiration.
Is this still the case in 2019? I ask because, at least here in Canada, the majority of new major brand TV commercials feature a gay couple. It's become fashionable. The progressive media would roast any major corporation that has a scent of being anti gay.