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Queer high-school football star opens up about sexual abuse

Jake Bain sexual abuse

Jake Bain opened up about his experience of sexual abuse (It Gets Better campaign screenshot/YouTube)

Jake Bain, the high-school football star who made headlines when he came out as gay, has opened up about being sexually abused by his father.

Bain became one of the first openly queer athletes at the NCAA Division I level when he came out publicly in 2018 when he was still a high school student. He ended his football career in 2019 and later came out as pansexual.

Now, Bain has opened up about his experience of sexual abuse in a statement shared on Twitter.

“I have in my possession over 20 pages of court documents, detailing the abuse that me, and many others endured at the hands of my father,” Bain wrote.

“To protect the confidentiality of those who are mentioned in these documents, I won’t release them to the public.”

Bain said he believes it should be “public knowledge” that his father was allegedly found to be “showering with other students”. He also accused his father of engaging in “inappropriate” email conversations with young people and said he had students visit his house for “sleepovers”.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that none of this behaviour is appropriate for any adult to be displaying,” Bain wrote.

He said that his father is still coaching basketball and urged anyone who is still employing him to terminate his contract immediately.

Jake Bain made global headlines when he came out in 2018.

In 2018, Bain was recruited by Indiana State and went on to play for the Sycamores as a freshman before he quit football in 2019, saying he wanted to focus on his studies.

Bain’s coming out story went global in 2018 when he told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that hiding his sexuality had made him less effective as a player.

“When you’re kind of half yourself, showing everyone half yourself pretty much, it weighs on you,” Bain said at the time.

“I definitely always tried to play to that macho status of a football player with a girlfriend, so I was definitely trying to cover all the bases so people wouldn’t find out.

“I had a couple girlfriends in high school at Burroughs. People used to always describe me as a ladies man. … I was still questioning what I really wanted.”

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

Sinn Féin senator faces ‘blatantly homophobic’ abuse

Fintan Warfield gay homophobic attack Aontú

A gay senator in Ireland has put his social media accounts on private after he was subjected to “blatantly homophobic” abuse from a right-wing political party.

Socially conservative political party Aontú, which was formed in 2019 and has just one elected representative, shared a photograph of gay Sinn Féin senator Fintan Warfield, which was taken from his personal Instagram account.

The photo showed Warfield wearing a Speedo along with a t-shirt bearing a picture of Pope Francis.

“Why is a Sinn Féin senator purposely seeking to offend people’s religious beliefs?” the tweet said.

Aontú deleted the tweet on 31 July following a barrage of criticism, with many accusing the party of targeting Warfield because of his sexuality.

Irish right-wing party Aontú faced a barrage of criticism for tweeting personal photo of Sinn Féin senator Fintan Warfield.

Twitter user Stephen Todd tweeted: “The attacks on Fintan Warfield are founded in blatant homophobia. Nothing more, nothing less. One of the most inspiring young men I know.”

Social Democrats councillor Owen Hanley tweeted: “Fintan Warfield is sound, takes on being a public figure without conforming, and doesn’t deserve the tar being flung at him. Can the homophobes get a new hobby?”

Meanwhile, Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal praised Warfield, calling him a “friend” as well as a “fierce campaigner”.

“These homophobic attacks won’t deter him. The absolute state of yiz..trawling his insta like the creepy obsessives you are,” she added.

Fintan Warfield is sound, takes on being a public figure without conforming, and doesn’t deserve the tar being flung at him. Can the homophobes get a new hobby?

Alliance councillor in Northern Ireland Eóin Tennyson tweeted: “LGBT+ people have long been accused of seeking to ‘offend people’s religious beliefs’ by merely existing. Solidarity, Fintan Warfield. Openly gay public reps are going nowhere (and Speedos with tied up t-shirts are a lewk whatever Aontú think).”

Countless others showed their support and love for Warfield on Twitter.

Following backlash, Aontú lashed out at “intolerance” in Irish society on Twitter.

“We need a society where people can live and let live,” the political party tweeted. “Where people do not have to hide their sexuality or their religion.

“Intolerance against either is wrong and should be called out no matter where it originates.

“There cannot be differing standards.”

PinkNews has contacted Aontú and Sinn Féin for comment.

Gay Green Party children’s minister has also faced similar abuse from Ireland’s far-right in recent weeks.

The attacks on Warfield come just weeks after Ireland’s far-right was whipped into a frenzy when gay Green Party TD Roderic O’Gorman was appointed minister for children.

Some of the country’s far right quickly unearthed a photo of O’Gorman with Peter Tatchell at Dublin Pride in 2018 and accused the British LGBT+ activist of promoting paedophilia.

They went on to claim that O’Gorman was not fit for office because of his “links” with Tatchell.

A rally, called “Hands Off Our Kids”, was later organised by Love/Hate actor John Connors, which called for O’Gorman to resign.

Connors later issued an apology for his role in stoking far-right hate against O’Gorman.