Fighting with forgiveness

Former rugby star Gareth Thomas decided to meet the teenager who assaulted him in a homophobic attack on Saturday night, hoping that the 16-year-old would learn from the experience. Is it a good idea for victims of crime to meet offenders?

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  1. Research a LGBT sports star, celebrity or historical figure. Write a profile about them, accompanied by a picture, explaining their life and any challenges they faced because of discriminatory attitudes towards their sexuality or gender identity.
  2. Why do you think it can be difficult for sports professionals to come out as LGBT? Discuss this question in groups of three and present your answer to the class. Include three suggestions for how to combat homophobia in sports.