Riptide Becomes First Women’s SG #SoccerAlly
Riptide is pleased to announce that we have become the first women’s supporters group to join the #soccerally list at the gay4soccer site. Individuals and groups on the Ally list are committed to eliminating homophobia and transphobia from the game we all love. From the site:
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.
Riptide joins its fellow New England-based supporters groups Midnight Riders and the Rebellion in this effort. Individuals supporting this movement include Taylor Twellman, Megan Rapinoe, and NBC Commentator Arlo White. For more information on the movement, please visit the site.