Guys & Gals We Like
It’s back. Last year we took on an experiment after the MLS SuperDraft. What if a group of people conducted a draft with decisions solely on their looks?
This year we repeat the experiment on twice the scale of last year. This year we took all of the players in both rounds of the SuperDraft and had a panel of men and women, gay and straight, take a look at them and give their opinions as to the draft picks’ hotness factor.
Our countdown of the top 19 draft picks begins now.
#19 Mikey Lopez
- Drafted by Sporting Kansas City in Round 1, Pick 14
- Midfielder, University of North Carolina
- Generation Adidas, 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year
- 5′ 8″ 160 pounds
- Hometown of Dallas, Texas
It’s No Name-Calling Week for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), and Megan Rapinoe did a video for the group released by AOL for the occasion.
The USWNT, Seattle Reign, and Lyon midfielder talks about how biased language should not have a place on the field, in school, or anywhere else.
You can also tell GLSEN why you want to Change the Game with Megan Rapinoe and have a chance to with $500 in Nike goodies, soccer balls signed by Rapinoe, or GLSEN swag if your thoughts are used on their blog.
When Megan Rapinoe was honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center at their Anniversary Gala this past weekend, they put together a great tribute video for her.
The video includes messages from Tom Hanks and David Beckham as well as several young women who have been inspired by Rapinoe.
It’s pretty darned cool, even if Tom Hanks got the Women’s World Cup host country wrong.
Congratulations are due to USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who was honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center at their Anniversary Gala this past weekend.
Rapinoe was the recipient of the Center’s Board of Directors Award for coming out as a high-profile athlete and for representing the USA as of the few out competitors at this past summer’s Olympic Games.
Fellow Olympian Lori Lindsey and other teammates joined Megan at the gala, and David Beckham sent greetings via video.
Here are Megan Rapinoe’s remarks upon receiving the award, which are very sweet and poignant. And she includes a great story about Lori Lindsey encouraging her to come out.
(Image from Amy LePeilbet’s Twitter feed)
KickTV keeps churning out the great videos, including bringing Jimmy Conrad’s American Soccer Spectacular from the podcast world to YouTube.
In the latest installment, Jimmy headed to the US Women’s National Team friendly in Connecticut to win Megan Rapinoe’s heart as his BFF.
This isn’t the first time Jimmy has tried to steal Megan’s BFF status away from Lori Lindsey. He displayed this sexy, sexy look during the team’s Olympics run in August.
Looking forward to the exciting conclusion to that cliffhanger and more many great videos from Jimmy Conrad and the KickTV crew! And don’t worry, we’ll be BFFs with whomever gets left out in this BFF triangle.
Ally Week, a celebration of straight allies who stand up for the LGBT community, wraps up tomorrow with Spirit Day.
Today we get thoughts from Philadelphia Union defender and US U-23 team member Amobi Okugo:
I’m an ally because I support the cause and like what this group is doing to raise awareness in the sports community. One of my best friend’s brothers is gay and he dealt with that by hiding his personality just to fit in with the soccer team he played on. I know how hard it was for him so when I saw this chance, I said ‘why not’. . . .An ally to me means that I should set an example and practice what I preach in terms of treating everyone the same way.
Ally Week 2012 continues, started by GLSEN in 2005 and now a yearly time to honor and celebrate those straight allies who stand up for the LGBT community. So far we’ve heard from Alexi Lalas and Lance Parker on why they are allies.
Today we hear from Montreal Impact defender Jeb Brovsky. Off the pitch Jeb founded Peace Pandemic, a worldwide project empowering youth by uniting children from different backgrounds through soccer.
I’m an LGBT Ally because I strongly believe in the equal rights of all human beings and I think people should be able to love whomever they choose. I have many friends and family in the LGBT community and I wholeheartedly support and celebrate their lives. Being an Ally, to me, means taking a firm stance on the side of promoting social acceptance of the LGBT community. As athletes we can show the youth by example that homosexuality is not a stigma, human defect or any of the prejudicial and hateful words attributed to it by dogmatists and other biased groups.
The Vancouver Whitecaps kicked off their Off the Pitch web series with captain Jay DeMerit learning some tap dance moves. They continue with defender and soccer ally Jordan Harvey taking to the skies with some beginner pilot lessons.
The idea of the Off the Pitch series is to pair Whitecaps players with fans who have a unique talent or career to share.
Jordan Harvey is the second brave participant, taking the controls of a small aircraft along with Whitecaps fan Kristjan Aug. And it’s all done to a Loggins-esque soundtrack complete with Berlin’s classic Top Gun Ballad.
Now, if you guys want to go full-on Top Gun, maybe shirtless beach volleyball can make an appearance in a future installment.
You can read more about Jordan Harvey’s flight and the Off the Pitch series at the Caps website.
It’s Ally Week, started by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to celebrate those straight allies who stand up for the LGBT community. Yesterday we featured Alexi Lalas, and in his own words why he’s an ally.
Today in Ally Week we hear from Lance Parker. If you aren’t already aware of Lance, he’s the goalkeeper for NASL’s Edmonton FC, a model on the side, and the nominee from Oklahoma for Cosmopolitan magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year contest.
Here’s what Lance said about being an ally:
I’m a LGBT Ally because I feel that it is a good group to be a part of. Everyone that is a part of it cares about the equality of people and wants anyone, regardless of their background, to be able to enjoy watching and playing the beautiful game of soccer. Being an Ally means accepting people for who they are, not judging anyone, and being supportive to those that are having a hard time and may be struggling with being LGBT. It also means trying to get rid of any discrimination or hate that may be revolving around the sport of soccer.
I think that statement deserves a hearty endorsement to Vote for Lance!
Today is the first day of Ally Week, an annual observance of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network since 2005. It’s a time to identify, support, and celebrate LGBT allies, so we’re going to do the same this week here at gay4soccer. We’ve asked some of our allies why they are an ally, and what being an ally means to them.
First up is ESPN analyst, former USMNT defender, and the red headed half of the Big Head Red Head podcast Alexi Lalas:
The beauty of soccer is that anyone can enjoy it. It’s is the most inclusive sport in the world. I’m a proud Ally because as our world changes it’s important that soccer continues to be a sport that welcomes everyone.
Alexi was a part of our Allies List from day one, and he took time out of his busy All Star Game week schedule to hang out with his LGBT and allied fans. Thank you Alexi, for being an ally and for all that you do.