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The Midnight Riders, the largest and oldest supporters group of the New England Revolution, will be holding their first Pride Night on May 25th when the Revs take on Toronto FC.
The Revs haven’t yet had a Pride Night of this caliber themselves, so the Midnight Riders are taking the reins (pun intended) themselves, with a number of displays and other observances. The match takes place the weekend between the International Day Against Homophobia and Boston’s Pride Week celebrations.
The Riders will have special banners and flags throughout their section for the match, in addition to tossing rainbow streamers to kick off each match and for every goal scored by the home side. They will also be selling stickers and pins with proceeds going to BAGLY, a Boston-area organization that provides services for LGBT youth.
It’s great to see such a great ally stepping up in this way and making their May 25 match such a special event with a supporter-started Pride Night!
Go Midnight Riders!
A little less than a year ago, I asked my friend Prairie (one of the first Soccer Allies, for the record) if she could help me come up with an idea for a Pride-esque flag I could wear to Revs games. She’s got lots of experience in designing and painting tifo for New England and for the national teams, so I thought she might have a concept in mind.
What we came up with was this:
I’ve come to call it the New England Pride Flag. It’s an amalgam of two flags; the traditional gay pride flag you see throughout June, and the old-school Flag of New England.
I like to think it stands in a subtle contrast to the pride flags you may see elsewhere in the league. It pretty obviously reflects the LGBT pride that we’ve got up here in New England, but it also stands up as a subtle “this is who we are, who the hell are you?” flag.
This is us. New England has Pride; what have you got going on?
So that’s my challenge – show us your pride, and show us a way that your pride can stand out.
New England Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy has joined the Athlete Ally program, the fourth Major League Soccer player to do so this month.
McCarthy told AthleteAlly.org:
If there’s one thing I stand for as an athlete, it’s individuality and the freedom to be you who are. I can’t imagine playing a sport that forces its athletes into a box or denies them the right to have their own styles, preferences and orientations. Gay or straight, every player needs to be respected and accepted.
Stephen McCarthy is the fourth MLS player to join Athlete Ally, and the league is now tied with the National Football League for most representation. He allied with gay4soccer last May as part of our big recruitment push prior to Gay Pride Month.
Chris Seitz of FC Dallas, and A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy–all University of Maryland teammates of Robbie Rogers–joined Athlete Ally earlier in the month.
Thanks to everyone who pointed out a few more examples of MLS Pride on the last day of LGBT Pride Month Saturday! Via @KenSeanCrew on Twitter, a Pride Flag in the Nordecke of Columbus Crew Stadium: read more…
I’m on the road right now, so don’t have my handy Post It tally of how our Soccer Ally recruitment drive has been going, but it definitely has been going well and we have just this week to go.
It’s appropriate that I’m in Boston right now as we look at the New England Revolution, starting off with three allies.
Who will join them from New England? Help us Tweet at the players below and let’s see at least one more #soccerally!
This badly-misquoted Gershwin song was my feeling as I ascended the capo stand at Gillette Stadium for the first time on Saturday. For a couple of years, I’d contemplated taking the bull by the horn and trying to conduct several hundred semi-belligerent Revs fans in various states of inebriation. As it turned out, my capo cherry was broken when I was pressed into service at the last minute after the scheduled cheerleader (let’s face it, that’s what we are) backed out.
Depending on whom you ask, my 45-minute tenure atop the repurposed lifeguard stand was either a rousing success or a colossal failure. I did my best to bring out some of the oldies – after 16 years of going to games, I picked up a few songs that have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another, and I relished the opportunity to reintroduce Jonathan Richman’s “New England” to the proceedings.
A big week for American soccer begins tonight and we celebrate it in the Happy Hour. The USA Women begin their path to London 2012 with Qualifiers tonight and the USA Men begin their 2012 campaign with a friendly match tomorrow. We have details on both of those plus two American heroes worth celebrating and more after the jump. read more…