by CoopsII 21 Feb 2017, 09:27
Ataxia wrote:On Autosport (and motorsport.com) today, you may have seen an article about former LMP2 racer Danny Watts coming out. Luckily, most responses have been quite tolerant and accepting, and it's a shame that someone's sexuality has to be a news story in this day and age. Unfortunately, a lot of the world isn't quite as accepting, and it's taken a lot of guts for Danny to do this.
It is brave, particularly as the world turns ever more alt-right and minorities of all descriptions face more persecution than they did even twenty years ago. The argument that all that matters is that a driver is quick is ludicrous. An openly gay driver would struggle to raise enough sponsorship to compete at the lower levels so you'd have to be in a Lance Stroll position to make it up the ladder otherwise. And whilst I doubt the same driver would have to worry about abuse from fellow competitors I can only imagine the hate and vitriol he or she would face online on forums like these or the other more famous platforms. Sheesh, you'd probably even see it in the grandstands.
And I don't see things improving for a while yet.
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