Chris Seitz, A.J. DeLaGarza, and Omar Gonzalez have joined the Athlete Ally program, aimed at encouraging and welcoming LGBT participation in sports.Read more
Grant Wahl conducted a survey of MLS players and found that an overwhelming majority said a gay soccer player would be accepted in their locker room.Read more
Alex Morgan scored the USA’s 123rd minute goal to send the team to the gold medal match against Japan in London in their semifinal game against Canada.
But in a back and forth match where the USA had to come from behind several times, it was out Olympian Megan Rapinoe who scored the first two goals, one off of a corner kick and the other a strike from distance.
Abby Wambach scored the third equalizer with a penalty kick that was not earned without controversy. Captain Christine Sinclair had a hat trick, scoring all three goals for Canada.
The final match against Japan will be Thursday, August 9 at 2:45 ET on the NBC Sports Network.
For the last decade, Jeff Sheng has been photographing out athletes at the high school and college level for a project called “Fearless.”
Over 150 athletes all across North America have been photographed so far by Jeff, who himself was a gay high school athlete but in the closet.
He turned his photos into a video exhibition for the 2012 Pride House at the London Olympics:
Please help support Jeff at his Kickstarter page as he works to turn “Fearless” into a photo book.
Our friends at KICKTV have a crew covering the 2012 Olympic Games and hosts Temryss Lane and Leslie Osborne talk to USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe about the pressures of the Olympics, how the Olympics compare to the World Cup, and the British slang she’s been able to pick up so far.
The USA takes on Canada today, August 5, at 2:45 PM ET, airing on the NBC Sports Network.
First seen at Vancouver 2010, the Pride House will be both a gathering place for LGBT athletes and fans, and a series of exhibitions, sporting competitions, and panel discussions about greater inclusion of LGBT athletes in Olympic events.
There was some concern that there would not be a Pride House this year after sponsorship difficulties meant cancelling the event at another location, but this new event was able to come together just weeks before the Olympic Games kicked off last week.
A GLBT soccer tournament in London will be a part of the Pride House program this Sunday, August 5.
For more information on Pride House 2012 and this week’s activities, visit PrideHouse2012.org.
Stay tuned Sunday after NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of Dallas vs. Portland for the premiere of their latest behind the scenes show MLS 36.
The latest in the “36″ series of shows, the program follows a player for the 36 hours prior to a critical performance. Indy Car and NHL have been previously featured in the series.
The MLS 36 series kicks off with San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski in the run up to July’s MLS All Star Game victory over Chelsea FC:
As part of efforts to increase LGBT inclusion in British soccer, the FA along with Pride Sports and the Surrey County FA are hosting an intensive four-day coaching training this month aimed at the LGBT community.
The residential course will guide participants through all of the workshops and training necessary to attain a first level coaching qualification.
It’s an amazing step to increase LGBT involvement in soccer and it will be interesting to see if US Soccer ever steps up with any sort of LGBT-inclusive messaging or programs.
I had an opportunity to talk to Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit after the MLS All Star Game last week, and I asked him what he thought of his NOH8 Campaign photos that came out just days before, and if he had any words of encouragement for others considering participating:
Alternate audio link: DeMerit
Thanks Jay! And if you want to be as cool as Jay and participate in an upcoming NOH8 shoot, check out their schedule. Stops in MLS cities of DC, Chicago, LA, and Houston are all on the docket!
This week KickTV’s Jimmy Conrad takes a look at what he considers to be the five all-time worst hairstyles in all of soccer.
Sadly, there are a few Major League Soccer representatives on the list. Which isn’t surprising all of the hair disasters you see on the field nowadays.
While the Chicago Fire was preparing for their 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend, two Fire staffers took some pies to the face for LGBT Equality.
Nick Boulton and Adam Green, who are also the contacts for this weekend’s Pride Night, joined Equality Illinois Friday Night for their annual Celebrity Pie Toss event, which took on an Olympics theme this year.
Thank you for your support Nick and Adam!
So says RantSports.com’s Jessica Luther in a follow-up piece about Major League Soccer cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America:
Major League Soccer, more than any other men’s professional sports league in the US, has been a vocal proponent of LGBT equality. In May, when it announced that it would participate in the “You Can Play” project, which works to end homophobia in sports culture, MLS executive vice president JoAnn Neale said, “MLS W.O.R.K.S. [the league’s charitable arm] is committed to working alongside groups that support LGBT causes and equality.”