Yoann Lemaire, 41, president of the association Foot ensemble, goes straight to the point. "What is homosexuality?" asks the man who, nearly two decades ago, was the first amateur player to come out publicly. In front of him, about twenty teenagers from the Jeunesses Sportives Luronnes (JSL), a football club in Lure (Haute-Saône), a small town of 8,200 inhabitants. Boys scrutinize their sneakers, girls sting a blush. "Do you know homophobic slurs?" he continues. The audience gathered in the amphitheater of the high school is less embarrassed by this question. "Suck, gays!" says a 14-year-old defender.
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