The Seattle Reign are the latest American soccer team to make a video for the You Can Play Project, becoming the first Women’s professional team in the US to participate.
Out US Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe joined the Reign earlier this summer after her time with Lyon and she appears with her teammates in the video.
Welsh international Jess Fishlock spoke about making the video:
I am excited that we are partnering with You Can Play and helping them take the steps that are needed to eradicate homophobia in professional sports. It’s something I support 100% and I am honored to play for the first professional women’s team aligned with this cause.
- Michelle Betos, goalkeeper
- Liz Bogus, forward
- Jess Fishlock, midfielder and Welsh National Team member
- Laura Harvey, head coach
- Sam Laity, assistant coach
- Megan Rapinoe, midfielder and US National Team member
- Keelin Winters, midfielder
AS Roma released their video for the “Don’t Cross the Line” featuring US Men’s National Team star Michael Bradley over the weekend ahead of this week’s MLS All Star Game.
Bradley is joined by teammate and Roma captain Francesco Totti, defender Nicolás Burdisso, and manager Rudi Garcia in this first-of-its-kind video for a team in Serie A.
Don’t Cross the Line is featuring heavily at All Star Game week festivities, with stations set up at events where fans can take the pledge.
You can take the pledge yourself at http://www.mlssoccer.com/dontcrosstheline and don’t forget we’ll have coverage of the 2013 MLS All Star Game all week.
Sarah Huffman and Meleana Shim speak out as out NWSL athletes as part of the announcement.
Eighteen NWSL players have joined the Athlete Ally program as Ambassadors, representing seven teams across the league, as well as both the US and Canadian National Teams.
The effort to have league players join the anti-homophobia and a anti-transphobia non profit as a group was spearheaded by the Western New York Flash’s Sarah Huffman, who said as part of the statement:
I am proud to be an athlete ally because I dream of a world full of equal opportunities and treatment. I believe that sports are a place where everybody belongs. Discrimination based upon sexual orientation, race, gender have no place in the world – nevertheless sports. I am excited to be an ally and stand up for people like me in the LGBT community.
Marc Burch is not a dickhead.
Robbie Rogers is on the August cover of Out Magazine for an issue focused on sports. It’s quite a good interview done by who is probably the best writer at Here Media, who publishes both Out and The Advocate. It covers his playing, his coming out, and his personal life with a balance you don’t often see from gay media outlets. I haven’t yet mentioned the Out Magazine interview on this site, and this will be the only time I mention it.
I’m not going to mention Out Magazine and their otherwise good interview with Robbie Rogers because the magazine has also published an online slideshow called the “21 Biggest Dickheads in Sports: 2013 Edition.” Seattle’s Marc Burch and San Jose’s Alan Gordon both appear on the list along with athletes from basketball, ultimate fighting, hockey, gridiron football, and baseball.
Our friends at Bumpy Pitch have created a brand new t shirt design to support Robbie Rogers and to benefit his Beyond “it” initiative launching this fall.
The front of the shirt features Rogers’ initials stylized into a crest along with the Bumpy Pitch ball logo and the back has the logo of Beyond “it.”
Beyond “it” will be a philanthropic endeavor that helps funnel donations to great charities that fight against labels and stereotypes that tend to box people and and hold them back, whether it be gender, sexuality, race, or ability.
As with all of Bumpy Pitch’s offerings this new shirt just flat out looks good and its proceeds are going toward this great new cause to boot. You can get the great new shirt honoring Robbie Rogers and benefiting his new charity at bumpypitch.com.
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization aimed at suicide prevention among LGBT youth. It was started in the 1990s by the creators of the 1994 Oscar-winning short film “Trevor” about a 13 year old boy who attempts to take his own life after being taunted by his peers. They provide a helpline for teens and other resources.
It’s great to see Robbie Rogers using his prominence as a pro athlete to help kids who are going through the same struggles with sexuality he did when he was their age.
Here’s the full Hangout with Robbie Rogers, ESPN’s L.Z. Granderson, and youth from the Trevor Project:
The socially conscious hip hop artists have already been given the BET Award for Best Group and their chart topping hit “Thrift Shop” won the Billboard Music Award for Rap Song of the Year.
Macklemore has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community. The Seattle native recorded his song “Same Love” during the campaign for Washington state’s Referendum 74, that allowed same sex marriage after it was passed last November. “Same Love” was also featured in YouTube’s Pride Month video along with a woman proposing marriage to her partner at a Macklemore show.
Macklemore also is the first recording artist to make a video for the You Can Play Project supporting LGBT athletes, and in his video, performers.
If you’re not in Kansas City, the event will also be streamed at MLSSoccer.com.
Major League Soccer announced today that their All Star Game opponents AS Roma will be picking up the mantle of the “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, and that the initiative will be featured heavily in Kansas City at the end of the month.
Don’t Cross the Line kicked off with an anti-discrimination video produced at last year’s All Star Game in Philadelphia. Roma will produce a public service announcement of their own under the theme, taking a lead in Serie A on the issue. “We are proud to take a part in the ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ program alongside Major League Soccer. AS Roma will always be committed to campaigns whose objectives are to reach out to the world of sport on social themes such as the fight against racism and any form of discrimination,” AS Roma President James Pallotta told MLSSoccer.com.
Megan Rapinoe was once again the object of Jimmy Conrad’s BFF affections as he made a second play on KickTV to win her over.
His first attempt was at a USWNT friendly last November, but it’s clear from this video that he was just trying to darned hard. He solicits advice from teammates Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn but will their tips lead to a BFF match made in heaven?
Will a special picnic win her over? How about some super fan antics at at the South Korea friendly at Red Bull Arena? Will Lori Lindsey be our BFF if Conrad steals Megan Rapinoe away? Most of these questions are answered in this great edition of Jimmy Conrad’s American Soccer Spectacular.
On Monday, July 15, the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves take on USL PRO’s Antigua Barracuda FC in a match benefiting the You Can Play Project.
The match will take place at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium, the former home of the San Francisco 49ers located in Golden Gate Park. Tickets, available from the Quakes Front Office and at the stadium on game day, are $10 with all proceeds benefiting the work of You Can Play.
San Jose and You Can Play’s relationship began when YCP was chosen to provide diversity training after Alan Gordon used a gay slur during a game earlier this season. Not only did they work with Gordon, but they also brought their training to the entire team and academy. Since then You Can Play and all of Major League Soccer have entered a formal partnership and the Quakes have participated in two You Can Play videos.
The match against Antigua is the Quakes Reserves’ only match against USL PRO competition this season. They have 2 wins and 3 losses so far against MLS Reserves competitors.
Details on the match, including how Season Ticket Holders can get free vouchers for Appreciation Week, are at the Quakes’ website.