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Entertainment with a clear demand: First professional athlete in Germany is considered Queer

10:55  08 april  2021
10:55  08 april  2021 Source:   express.de

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It is a big step for the LGBTQ community in Germany: Benjamin patch (26), Volleyballer of the Berlin Volleys, is the first open to queere players in German professional sports.

Benjamin Patch (hier am 24. März 2021) hat sich als queer geoutet. © Picture Alliance / DPA Benjamin Patch (here on March 24, 2021) has been considered queer. Benjamin Patch is the first open queerer professional athlete in Germany The volleyballer had to mission as a Mormon missionary patch has a clear demand to society

as a queer, non-heterosexual people or people who are not dealing with the traditional role pattern of man and woman or others social standards for gender and sexuality identify. The American has found something in the capital, which he did not know for so long: freedom. Patch wants to further develop the company.

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folding pants, shirt, tie. Benjamin patch had to wear something like that. That's a long time, between then and today are worlds. Because today you can not imagine the Star of the Berlin Volleys in such a civil servant and bakery outfit. Patch is the Black Adoptive Child of White Mormons, raised in Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah. And as a patch 19, he had to start with the missionary work. So try to convince other people from his religious community.

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the Mormons live after very strict faith rules, as far as sexuality is concerned. Contact to the family is as good as not allowed during the missionary period. Patch was no longer clear. There were several reasons for the break, a decisive: "I like men," says the 26-year-old and laughs. "I am a very open person. I have always felt that I am generally open to life. "

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patch, belfish son of a former American football professionals, rose. "It was a huge moment for me, choosing: I continue to live a life in uncertainty and behind walls or tear me down these walls and decide to be a freelance and self-determined man," says the US international of the German press Agency Before starting the volleyball master series against VfB Friedrichshafen on Thursday (18.00 pm / Sport1).

Benjamin Patch changes in 2018 to the Berlin Volleys

patch, which has twelve siblings, left the US and changed to Italy. The year in Calabria should actually be his liberation, but he never felt there. South Italy was rigid to him, tight, somehow like Utah.

2018 Diagonalangreifer then got the offer to change to Berlin - and the German capital feels for him now as if he finally exhaled after a long air. "It's a wonderful place to get to know yourself and be accepted, no matter who and no matter how to be," says patch.

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open is he, that's best. Cally, he told the " Tagesspiegel " last year that he was queer. It stands as a collective term for the pride of deviation, with which both the whole movement and individual people can be described.

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"for me that had no shock effect. What should the people should have done? Should they fire you because you are queer or gay? The whole world would be behind such people, "said patch. "It has to normalize because it is something normal."

Berlin is the right city for him, the volleys the right club. "In the 21st century, it should be a matter of course in sports," Managing Director Kaweh Niroomand said the "Tagesspiegel" and extended the Treaty of Patch by 2024.

for patch, who likes to dance and in his studio, feels and in his studio This year after change, after further change. After the climatic protests, according to the protests against racism and police violence. Patch trusts its generation a crucial role in the debate for sexual self-determination.

"We have the voice and we can win the control. If people are not treated fairly, then we have the power to get to us. I even try to be a pioneer of the good, "he says. Of course, the pathetic sounds and maybe naive. But just honest and self-determined. (dpa)

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