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MLS All Stars Talk About “Don’t Cross the Line”

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MLS All Stars press conferenceThis week is something of an anniversary for Major League Soccer’s “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, and the MLS All Stars spoke while in Kansas City about its importance.

The campaign’s first video was produced with the 2012 All Stars while in Philadelphia and it premiered later in the season. This season started off with a new video, and the message prominently appears throughout Kansas City, at the press conference, at fan events, and at the game itself tonight.

Portland’s Will Johnson, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, Chicago’s Mike Magee, and Kansas City Coach Peter Vermes all spoke about why “Don’t Cross the Line” is such an important message to them and to the league:

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Macklemore Rocks MLS All Star With a Message

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Macklemore and out singer Mary Lambert rock KC

Major League Soccer knows how to put on a party and last night Macklemore and Ryan Lewis put on quite a show in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

The free concert was a great way to blend music, MLS personalities, and amazing fans to celebrate All Star Game week. The Cauldron supporters group got chants started in the packed crowd while Kei Kamara got the crowd excited about Wednesday night’s game along with hosts Jason Saghini and Alexi Lalas

But with as great as Alexi Lalas is, the crowd was there for Macklemore, a great pick to headline the week as both a prominent artist and one with a big social conscience. He made a video earlier this year for MLS partner the You Can Play Project and spoke out in favor of Washington State’s Referendum 74 which legalized same-sex marriage last year.

Macklemore didn’t shy away at all from the social issues in his performance, citing both Trayvon Martin as a recent example of injustice in America and the ongoing fight for marriage equality. This all led up to his performance of “Same Love,” the MTV VMA nominated song that is the first top hit that advocated for gay marriage. Out Seattle singer joined him on the stage for her choruses and Macklemore donned a pride flag tossed to him on stage from the crowd. It was simply an amazing moment.

If you missed the concert or last night’s live stream, you can watch the whole show from MLSSoccer.com:

 

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Seattle Reign Say “You Can Play”

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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.

Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign You Can PlayHere’s the full roster of Seattle Reign participants in the You Can Play video:

  • 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
Go Reign!
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Michael Bradley and AS Roma Say “Don’t Cross the Line”

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Michael Bradley don't cross the lineAS 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.

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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.

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Eighteen NWSL Players Join Athlete Ally as Ambassadors

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Sarah Huffman and Meleana Shim speak out as out NWSL athletes as part of the announcement.

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Portland's Meleana Shim celebrates her first professional goal in a June shutout against rivals Seattle (oregonlive.com)

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.

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Alan Gordon is not a Dickhead

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Alan Gordon Will JohnsonAlan Gordon is not a dickhead.

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.

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Robbie Rogers and Bumpy Pitch Create Charity Shirt

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Robbie Rogers Bumpy Pitch Beyond It 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.

 

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Robbie Rogers Chats With the Trevor Project Sunday

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Robbie Rogers Trevor ProjectRobbie Rogers will be doing a live Google+ Hangout with the folks at the Trevor Project this Sunday July 14 at 2 PM PT.

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.

You can view a video invitation to the Hangout from Rogers at his Google+ page, and you can RSVP to the Hangout at the Trevor Project’s page.

(Update 7/15/13)

Here’s the full Hangout with Robbie Rogers, ESPN’s L.Z. Granderson, and youth from the Trevor Project:

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Headline MLS All Star Game Week

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Macklemore Ryan Lewis MLS All StarBreakout stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be headlining festivities in Kansas City’s Power and Light District for the MLS All Star Game later this month.

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.

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“Don’t Cross the Line” to Feature at MLS All Star Game

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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.

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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.

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