Berlin (dpa) - The Berlin volleyball star Benjamin Patch trusts his generation to play a decisive role in the debate about sexual self-determination.

«We have the vote and we can gain control.

If people are not treated fairly, then we have the power to be heard.

I myself try to be a pioneer of good, ”said the US international from the Berlin Volleys of the German press agency before the start of the final series against VfB Friedrichshafen on Thursday (6:00 pm / Sport1).

The 26-year-old Patch is the first openly queer player in German professional sport.

The English word «queer» is a collective term for pride in deviation, which can be used to describe both the entire movement and individual people.

Non-heterosexual people or people who do not identify with the traditional roles of men and women or other social norms relating to gender and sexuality describe themselves as queer.

The diagonal attacker wishes that the sport can also detach itself from an image of exaggerated masculinity.

«The younger generation gives me a lot of courage.

She puts herself in the position of her counterpart and interacts much more strongly than other generations with other cultures, ”said Patch, who has been playing in Berlin since 2018.

“I think that will also affect the communication in the dressing rooms, where women are talked about so poisonously.

It's so widespread, but at the same time so unacceptable. "


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