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Philadelphia Union sign anti-homophobia pledge

The Philadelphia Union are the first Major League Soccer team to take gay4soccer's pledge to, in part, "rid the game of soccer of homophobia and transphobia." The pledge is modeled after that which every English Premier League team has signed. The four components of the pledge are:

  • 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 adeliberate 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.

PHOTO: Philadelphia Union forward Antoine Hoppenot (29) carries the ball against the Toronto FC at BMO Field. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 1-0. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE