Soccer has been a game played with pride for decades.
However, soccer clubs choose to be ignorant towards homosexuals willing to be part of the team as it is said to harm the pride of the “manly” game.
On Saturday, English side Altrinchman FC joined the pro-LGBT movement.
The club, nicknamed the Robins, wore a unit structured totally after the LGBT pride banner for a match against Bradford AFC, which they drew 1-1 regardless of proceeding in the 22nd moment.
Robins reported it would be wearing the special kits in late January, and despite the fact that U.S. Soccer and others have worn pullovers with smaller gestures to show support for LGBT communities, club executive Bill Waterson trusts it denotes the first run through a senior soccer club has gone that far in its help.
“I think if you’re going to make your support for a cause clear, you may as well shout it from the rooftops,” Waterson said in the club’s announcement. “We thought, ‘let’s not do something subtle – let’s do something significant.’
Waterson included the plan isn’t just to help the LGBT community, yet in addition to battle prejudice and advance religious consideration and conscious treatment of ladies.
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“It’s about making our football ground a comfortable place for anyone to be in, regardless of their background or any circumstances that they bring to the game,” Waterson said.
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February is LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom, and
Soccer has seen various outstanding players come out as gay over the previous decade, including previous MLS star Robbie Rogers, current Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin, world-record global objective scorer Abby Wambach, current USWNT stalwart Megan Rapinoe, and previous midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, the only open gay player to have played in the Premier League.
It hasn’t always been this easy.
The U.S defender Jaelene Hinkle, refused to wear a rainbow coloured jersey to show support for the LGBT community last year.
Sometimes it has also been the spectators who call out on the players, such as Serena Williams for being a transgender or manly, in order to troll her for losing a match. Further, highlighting the insensitive use of labels for abuse.
Therefore, such subtle steps taken by teams like Robins, plays a crucial role in initiating and influencing the mindset of their fans, spectators and general public for better.
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”The viral reach of the rainbow kit shows how bold statements of inclusion can be hugely welcomed in the game.”
Fvh Campaign Director Lou Englefield
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