Carlos Cordeiro – 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. Carlos Cordeiro was the fourth 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?
Every single person who loves soccer should be able to play soccer—free from harassment or discrimination of any kind, including based on their gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. We can be proud that U.S. Soccer has made great progress in recent years—in the sports world, we’re a leader on equality. Millions of people across America and around the world have been inspired by the strength and courage of our athletes, including players on our women’s team, who are out and open.
I’ve been honored to serve on the USSF Board and as Vice President at a time when the Federation has been strong and outspoken in our support for the LGBTQ community. As a member of the CONCACAF Council and FIFA’s Stakeholders Committee, I’ve also supported efforts to ensure equal treatment for LGBTQ athletes worldwide. Everyone deserves to be treated equally, on and off the field, and we have to stand united in condemning any form of LGBTQ exclusion, homophobia and transphobia. No one should ever feel like they have to hide their life off the field to be accepted on the field.
My strong commitment to diversity and inclusion runs throughout my platform, which is available at Carlos4soccer.com. If elected, I will make diversity and inclusion a priority across our Federation, including measuring our progress and holding ourselves accountable. Specifically, I will appoint a full-time, paid Director of Diversity & Inclusion to promote equality across all programs for all athletes at all levels, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background or disability.
If we’re going to grow the game at all levels and achieve our shared mission of making soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, we need to truly welcome everyone. After all, right now, somewhere in America, there are boys and girls playing youth soccer who may wonder where they fit it. As one, united community, we need to let them know that here in U.S. Soccer we will always welcome them and celebrate them for the talented and beautiful people they are.
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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