The Persecution of Jaelene Hinkle


  • Sean Benson


Hinkle, Jaelene, sexual orientation and Christian understandings of, homosexuality, women's soccer, homophobia


This essay argues that Jaelene Hinkle, a professional soccer player, was
discriminated against by the United States Women’s National Team
when it required players to wear team jerseys in support of Gay Pride
month in June of 2017. Adding insult to injury, numerous sports
journalists now routinely describe Hinkle as a homophobe despite the
fact that her principled decision not to wear the jersey was based on
historic Christian teachings concerning human sexuality. Ms. Hinkle’s
public statements express both respect and love for all persons
irrespective of their sexual orientation, and thus depictions of her
character have been manifestly unjust.