Chris Seitz, A.J. DeLaGarza, and Omar Gonzalez Join Athlete Ally
Chris Seitz, A.J. DeLaGarza, and Omar Gonzalez have joined the Athlete Ally program, a nonprofit aimed at encouraging and welcoming LGBT participation in sports. They are the first Major League Soccer players to join.
Seitz, FC Dallas goalkeeper, and DeLaGarza, LA Galaxy defender, were both University of Maryland teammates of Robbie Rogers, the MLS and USMNT alumus who came out last month. Their outstanding freshman class also included Seattle’s Marc Burch and Kansas City’s Graham Zusi. LA defender Gonzalez joined the team a year later, after Rogers left for the Netherlands.
Chris Seitz told AthleteAlly.org:
As an athlete, I’ve learned first hand what leadership means and seen how small actions can make a huge difference. By joining Athlete Ally, I hope my voice will reach gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and remind them that they are welcomed and respected in sports.
And A.J. DeLaGarza told them:
Diversity is a part of life, and my family emphasized that value when I was growing up. For this reason and many others, I feel as I should show my support for LGBT players and fans. Talent isn’t contingent upon your sexual orientation. Sports are about dedication and hard work; and no one should feel ashamed to be who they are.
Chris Seitz became an ally of our site early on last February, and A.J. DeLaGarza in May. We’re proud to count them among our supporters and are glad their expanding their work with the LGBT community through Athete Ally. You can also become an Athlete Ally by taking the pledge at their site.