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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!
Soccer ally, fashion model, and FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker is up for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year, representing his home state of Oklahoma.
Lance’s ideal first date would be cooking a chicken or steak dinner for someone, loves head massages, and waits five dates before jumping in the sack. (What’s a fifth date?)
This is the second time in three years a member of our Soccer Ally list has been a Bachelor of the Year nominee, with DC United midfielder Chris Pontius representing the District of Columbia in 2010. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ Hunter Gilstrap represented Pennsylvania last year, making it three years in a row on the list for American soccer pros.
You can vote for Lance Parker (and by extension, all of American soccer) here until October 18.
We hope to be talking to Lance soon about his nomination so if you have any questions for him, tweet them to @gay4soccer.
The North American Soccer League (NASL) kicked off it second season this past weekend, and Outsports talked to FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker ahead of its kickoff.
On having a gay teammate: “So if we were to have an openly gay teammate, I am sure that he would be accepted just as everyone else is, and would have no problem becoming a part of our family.”
On homophobic language in soccer: “I have actually not heard it much at all, if ever lately. I don’t know if that’s just due to the slur becoming outdated, or people actually starting to realize how much damage it could have on someone.”
On gay marriage: “I think that if two people love each other, then they should be able to be together, regardless of who they are.”
You can check out the full interview over at Outsports.
- Out Swedish footballer Anton Hysén has been revealed as one of the cast members of “Let’s Dance,” their version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Maybe when he’s visiting London this summer he and Hope Solo can hit up a ballroom together.
- Jason Davis continues his streak of awesome soccer writing this week with a review of the updated MLS Live service on USSoccerPlayers.com.
- David Beckham talks to CNN ahead of tonight’s CCL matchup with Toronto FC.
- KCKRS brings us photographs of First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of the UK Prime Minister, hanging out with the US Women’s National Team.