ABOUT HIS DOUBLE LIFE AS A WOMAN
Brazilian referee Valerio Fernandes Gama, 32, who works in the Ceará Championship first division, in the North-East of Brazil, admitted that at night, he lives a second life as a woman.
“My female name is Laleska, only at night, when I go out to party in my hometown, Beberibe – in the state of Ceará – " declared Fernandes Gama to internet newspaper “Folha de Sao Paulo”. Fernandes Gama also denied ever having been discriminated for being a homosexual. "Of all the referees in Ceará, I’m the only one who’s gay. And nobody ever bothered me about it. They respect me as if I were a woman. In the world od football, and as far as I’m concerned, I have never encountered discrimination or prejudice.
The referee also told the newspaper about one time when some footballers of Ferroviario (a Ceará football club), noticed him one night in a club (disco) and recognized him; the reaction he got was nothing like he expected: the players congratulated him for having the courage of pursuing a career as a referee in the world of professional football.
Nevertheless, many players who don’t know him end up calling him “Mrs.”, because of his effeminate appereance.
“It’s funny, because when the footballers do know who I am, they don’t treat me like other referees, they never yell at me “faggot” or “bitch”… the worst they’ve yelled at me is “thief”("robber") when I make a call they don’t like.” Explained Gama, who has seven siblings, three of them homosexuals like him.
Since I don't speak Portuguese, I simply translated the EMD article (which I think is a little superficial or condescending at times, but there you go). It wouold be awesome if someone translated the original article though, js.