Soccer Ally May: This Year, It’s Live
Last year, dozens of professional players all signed onto our Soccer Ally list in May as part of our team by team effort to recruit LGBT supportive folks in the soccer community.
Starting Monday we’ll start a recruitment push over social media team, from the clubs with one ally a piece to those who have the most with eight.
Social media is great for many, but it’s not the best way to reach everybody. Some supportive players just don’t use Twitter. There are others who use social media but our message just doesn’t get through. And there are leagues and teams that just don’t make social media as prominent as much as Major League Soccer does.
We want to reach out to all those people, and we’d like you to help.
One of the cool things about soccer in America is its intimacy. There are often chances to meet with players at games and other special events. If you’re headed to an match or event where you may have the opportunity to talk with a player, ask them to be a soccer ally! Make sure they know exactly what they’re agreeing to when you ask. It’s this pledge:
- We agree that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sports — whoever they are and whatever their background.
- We agree that sports are about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sports teach individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and bring people together to achieve a common goal.
- We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid the game of soccer of homophobia and transphobia.
- We will make soccer a welcome, inviting, and inclusive place for everyone — for those participating in the sport, those attending matches and for those working or volunteering in it — while making a deliberate effort to reach out to GLBT people. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behavior, including working to eliminate homophobic language from the game.
And when they say yes, please document it so we can include them on the list on the soccer ally list. Take a picture with them and this sign, or one with the same message. You can email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are up for the challenge, so we can add even more soccer players to our list all throughout May and beyond.
And don’t forget you can always sign on as a fan ally here. Help keep that list growing!