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.
Anyone else having a slow day before the holiday weekend? Well here’s a video of Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad.
In slow motion.
With sexy music playing in the background.
Created by the YouTube Channel of The Distrubutor Network, presumably to mark Dom Dwyer’s return to Sporting after being on loan to Orlando City SC and reuniting one of Major League Soccer’s great bromances.
Major League Soccer was well represented at Pride celebrations across the country this past weekend, including the Chicago Fire participating in their city’s annual parade.
Midfielder Brendan King and defender Gonzalo Segares (who was just named the MLS Works Humanitarian of the Month for June) rode the Pepsi float along with mascot Sparky. Members of the Chicago Fire staff and Section 8 supporters group also marched along with the float.
You can check out the Fire’s full Storify of great pictures from the parade at their website.
The Fire also used the parade as an opportunity to let the community know about their next LGBT Pride Night coming up on September 28 against the Montreal Impact:
UC Berkeley and the Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute have joined the many American colleges who have made videos for the You Can Play Project.
Men’s Soccer head coach Kevin Grimes is among the participants in the video from UC Berkeley, spreading the message that athletes are welcome at Cal solely on the basis of ability, regardless of sexual orientation.
Cal alumni who stand with us as allies include Houston’s Calen Carr, Toronto’s Stefan Frei (who was in that team’s YCP video), Dallas’ Andrew Jacobson, New England’s A.J. Soares, and Toronto’s Andrew Wiedeman.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that ushered in the modern gay rights movement, the final weekend of June is filled with the biggest pride celebrations across the country. Soccer teams and fans across America will be a part of it in the biggest ways ever over the next few days.
The Chicago Fire are partnering with team sponsors Pepsi for a float in their city’s Sunday parade along with other team sponsors like Quaker. Defender Gonzalo Segares and midfielder Brendan King will be on the float in addition to team mascot Sparky. Section 8 supporters group members as will Fire staffers who will be tossing Fire swag to the crowd.
The Fire also used this Pride Week in Chicago to announce this year’s LGBT Pride Night at Toyota Park, which will take place September 28 against the Montreal Impact. Once again, a portion of ticket sales will be going toward Equality Illinois’ work.
It’s the first Seattle Pride weekend in awhile with a weekend off for the Seattle Sounders, and supporters group Gorilla FC is taking advantage of the week off by making an appearance at the Sunday parade. Gorilla FC likens themselves to other socially progressive supporters like those of Germany’s FC Saint Pauli who stand up for LGBT and other diverse fans.
The Seattle Reign of the NWSL does have a match this weekend, and they’re making the Saturday match a celebration of pride. It’s also the expected home debut of midfielder Megan Rapinoe after her stint for Lyon in France. The Reign will have a special limited edition t-shirt for sale only at this weekend’s match for the occasion.
And finally, as we’ve noted before, the Houston Dynamo will have a big presence at Pride Houston, running a kids’ activity area with soccer-themed inflatables. The Dynamo Girls will also be in the parade and performing in a pre-parade kickoff show.
Thanks to all of the American soccer teams taking part in this upcoming weekend of pride festivities, and everyone in soccer who has made this a great pride month for our community. Especially with this past week’s historic Supreme Court decisions, it’s going to be an amazing weekend.
The San Jose Earthquakes have become the third team in Major League Soccer to produce a video supporting LGBT athletes for the You Can Play Project.
According to You Can Play founder Patrick Burke, the effort was spearheaded by Alan Gordon who recruited his teammates and got the team’s front office on board. Burke met with the entire San Jose Earthquakes team and academy after Gordon used a gay slur on the field earlier this season.
Appearing in the video are forward Chris Wondolowski, forward Steven Lenhart, midfielder Shea Salinas, midfielder Sam Cronin, forward Alan Gordon, defender Justin Morrow, defender Steven Beitashour, and defender Jason Hernandez. (Thanks to Robert Jonas for an assist on identifying all the participants)
DC United and Toronto FC have also made videos for You Can Play, and Chris Wondolowski participated in a video with players from every major Bay Area professional team.
The Houston Dynamo honored Pride Houston again this past Saturday with their now-annual Pride in the Park match, this year against Toronto FC.
As I’ve said in a prior post, the Dynamo do a great job putting on this game, but this year the fans really stepped it up with some special displays. One fan Scott Schroder brought balloons that were released after the national anthem. It was really cool to see in the stadium and he captured it on Vine: