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Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night for our first party! Hopefully many, many more to come.
A few special thanks:
To Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar for being such great hosts.
To Magners Cider for sponsoring the event and having great cider tastings.
Finally, to Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman for taking time out of their busy All Star Game schedules to join us.
Now, on to the photos!
I was stuck in my New Orleans on a stormy Friday afternoon when I first the news. I am now in a Philadelphia hotel room on a sunny afternoon reflecting on the news.
Major League Soccer will not partner with the Boy Scouts of America after the 2012 season.
When the partnership was announced in January, we were upset. The league we love would be working with and sending money to an organization that, as a national policy, wouldn’t have us as members.
To MLS’ credit, the Scouts said the policy was under review, especially after the outcry following the dismissal of out Ohio leader Jennifer Tyrell. There was a potential that the Scouts could do the right thing, and a number of Board members even publicly said they would be in favor of a change.
But last week the Boy Scouts dug in their heels last week and said that they would not enact any changes to their policy following a two-year review. Many expressed outrage, and even Eagle Scout Grant Wahl said that MLS needed to cut their Boy Scout ties:
This Eagle Scout thinks MLS needs to cut ties to Boy Scouts after their reaffirmation of anti-gay policy washingtonpost.com/national/apnew…
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 17, 2012
The Seattle Sounders faced two very important matches this week, meeting up with the Colorado Rapids at Century Link field and Chivas USA at the Starfire training grounds and coming away both times with a much needed win. The league game on Saturday was particularly special, ending our winless nine game streak and seeing the return of Sounders hero, injured player Steve Zakuani, who’d had his leg broken facing the Rapids a year and a half ago. Our Sounder-supporting gay4soccer contributors, Grant (@ducki98444) and Tom (@thepickupbear) sat down and talked about that match afterwards.
What were you feeling before the game?
(Grant) I was nervous. I mean it’s been 9 matches with no wins. Steve was in the 18. I really didn’t want to lose to the Rapids at home. Our defense has had lots of lapses recently. But I had a lot of optimism about what we could do.
(Tom) I was excited before this one. I knew the rumors about Zak’s return, but figured Colorado was a risky time for the Sounders to sub him in…I was glued to my twitter feed before the game anyway to get a hint of the 18.
Did the history between the teams color your expectations of the game at all?
(Grant) Well of course. With any team you’ve played before there are perceptions, expectations, and history. This matchup has become one with lots of emotions due to the idea of thug-ish physical play from the players. My mother would say that there’s a hair of bad blood there, I would say it’s a leg full of bad blood.
I am still speechless.
The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Abby Wambach’s photo shoot:
The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great pictures of Wambach after the jump.
I am speechless.
The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Captain America’s photo shoot:
The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great shots of Bocanegra after the jump.
Are you headed to the 2012 MLS All Star Game or a gay4soccer fan in Philadelphia?
Join us Monday, July 23 at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar to celebrate the All Star Game with Philadelphia’s LGBT soccer-loving community.
We’ll be posting more details over the next fortnight, but wanted to make sure everyone saved the evening of July 23 to join us for a bit at Tabu, located at 200 South 12th Street.
In what is being hailed as the Midwest’s first formal partnership between a pro sports franchise and an LGBT-rights group, the Chicago Fire is teaming up with Equality Illinois for a number of events over the summer.
The first sign of the new partnership was on June 24, when members of the Fire staff marched along with Equality Illinois and their marriage equality float in the city’s Pride Parade:
The first-of-its-kind partnership was formally announced July 5. Other Chicago teams have donated items or held LGBT theme nights, but there has never been a pairing like this between a team and an organization.
It’s what we all kinda knew for awhile now. But now US Women’s National Team and Seattle Sounders Player Megan Rapinoe is on the record as out of the closet.
If there was any one day of the calendar that may be considered National Pride Day, today would be the day.
43 years ago this morning in New York City, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, an almost monthly occurrence in an age when morals codes led the force to bust into bars, line up patrons, and haul them off if they weren’t wearing the minimum number of articles of clothing deemed appropriate for their gender.
The June 28, 1969 raid was the last straw for so many. People rose up and hundreds rioted, at times violently. Christopher Street was choked with demonstrators for nights to come.
The modern-day gay rights movement had begun.
It’s Pride Week in Houston, and the Dynamo are helping celebrate with Pride in the Park at their game against Toronto FC tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Over 100 fans have already purchased tickets as part of Pride Night, so it’s sure to be an exciting event with the team providing Dynamo-emblazoned Pride beads for fans to keep and toss at this weekend’s parade.
If you have a group of four or more you can contact A.J. O’Rourke at (713) 276-7541 to get tickets in the Pride Night section. Individual seats can be purchased here using the code “LGBT12.”
I know I’ll be watching on MLS Live tonight for all the great LGBT fans in the upper deck of the Walker End!