Michael Winograd – USSF Candidates on LGBT Issues
We hope that issues of inclusion and diversity are at the forefront of the conversation in the months leading up to the US Soccer Federation elections early next year. We’ve reached out to the candidates with one question about their presidency. Michael Winograd was the third to respond.
Over the past few years, some great strides have been made in US Soccer’s support of the LGBT community. More players on our women’s team have been able to play as out, open individuals and the US Soccer Federation has made significant partnerships with organizations such as the You Can Play Project. However, we have yet to see an out gay man play for a men’s national team at any level, and issues of LGBT exclusion, homophobia, and transphobia persist in corners of American soccer. What will your US Soccer Federation presidency do to advance LGBT acceptance and inclusion in all levels of American soccer?
A common thread throughout my entire platform is inclusiveness. US Soccer’s mission applies with equal force to all Americans, and the LGBT community is no different. US Soccer must not only condemn, but must meaningfully support efforts to battle discrimination in all forms. I am fortunate enough to be a part of a law firm at the forefront of this battle. My law firm, Ropes & Gray, was lead counsel in the landmark 2015 Supreme Court marriage equality case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court’s decision guaranteed marriage rights to all couples in all 50 states, and is one of the Supreme Court’s most significant decisions in years. My colleagues and I are intensely proud of that victory. I also am proud to be part of firm that has made a deep commitment to serving the LGBT community in other ways as well, including, for example, through a program that helps transgender individuals process mountains of paperwork that are associated with name changes. I have a distinct perspective and commitment to continuing and improving progress on these issues by virtue of my professional experience, and will unequivocally carry that into my Presidency.
We hope we can bring you the thoughts and plans of more candidates in the months before February’s elections. We also plan on bringing you voices from the LGBT community on the election, including an endorsement for the presidency.
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