UPDATED: Thank You, Toronto FC, DC United & Dutch FA!

3 Dec


I was delighted to see Toronto FC had made a video for the wonderful You Can Play Project which works to create a safe environment for gay athletes. Their motto is direct: “If you can play, you can play.” And it should be that simple, shouldn’t it? Sadly it’s not. Toronto FC’s spot is terrific and multilingual. I really wish more teams would make videos like this.From the website:

Toronto FC becomes the first Canadian soccer team to speak on behalf of LGBT athletes and the You Can Play Project. A 2007 Major League Soccer expansion team, Toronto FC this year won its fourth consecutive Amway Canadian Championship.

The team’s multi-cultural make-up mirrors that of its city and the sport it represents. Toronto FC is represented in this video by staff and players speaking a worldwide variety of languages. In order of appearance: Torsten Frings (German), Eric Hassli (French), Richard Eckersley (English), Darren O’Dea (English), Milos Kocic (Serbian), Stefan Frei (Swiss/German), head coach Paul Mariner (English), academy director Thomas Rongen (Dutch) and Luis Silva (Spanish).

Updated: Shame on me! I meant to include DC United, who were the first MLS team to support You Can Play. Their video is below.

The Dutch FA also released an anti-homophobia ad, taking a humorous approach to a serious subject. The ad is being showed on Dutch television. I hope that frigging FIFA, UEFA, etc. take notice and we see other football associations follow suit. Gay athletes need  to know that they have the support of the fans, their teams and their FAs in order to feel comfortable coming out and being their true selves. I know this isn’t going to happen overnight, but the sooner that we make the effort, the sooner it will happen.

– Lozil

11 Responses to “UPDATED: Thank You, Toronto FC, DC United & Dutch FA!”

  1. cindy yin (@meridiansour) December 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    oh toronto fc, making me so proud. this almost makes up for the fact that we ended on the the bottom of the western conference.

    i really liked the dutch one too. it’s funny and gets the point across well.

    • headbandsandheartbreak December 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      I forgot to add the DC United one and I updated it. I’m so happy that the clubs are getting involved.

  2. CinematiqueChic December 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Oh hey, someone was just talking about this on Kickette as well. LOVE this initiative!

  3. shiggers December 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Kickass! So good to see this happening!

  4. Charliechaz December 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Great to see. I hope more teams get on board. Didn’t you can play start as a hockey iniative? Im glad to see across other sports.

    That second commerical was cute.

  5. manie December 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Do you guys know when beinsport will be shown on TWC? I read that they reached an agreement. I am also making the assumption that you have Time Warner but alas I may be totally wrong. If you’ve heard anything though, you’ll save my eyes a teeny bit.

    Also, Toronto FC, well done ^1248923748923.

    • headbandsandheartbreak December 4, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Believe it or not, I don’t have cable at all! (I watch too much flipping TV as it is) I always watch down the pub or on streams. However, I was talking to someone this weekend and she has TWC. She has the sports package with Gol TV and she said that BeIn just appeared this week and she wasn’t even aware she had it. This is in NYC, so I’d check and see if you have it now on your cable. Other than that, I’d check with TWC.

  6. MissLadya December 4, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    So proud to be Dutch! Then again, am not the least bit surprised the entire KNVB/Holland supports this cause. The Netherlands is always leading the way on LGTB rights.
    Am also not the least bit surprised they took the humorous approach to it. I stand by the opinion that Holland has some of the funniest commercials in the world. It kinda reflects the general attitude towards homophobia, namely: “What’s that? You don’t believe that gay people have the same rights as others? LOL You’re an idiot. Now GTFO.” 😀

    I think that the biggest hurdle gay footballers face isn’t actually how them coming out would affect their relations with their team (though you’ve got homophobes among them as well), but you just KNOW if a footballer were to come out it would be the asshole supporters who give them grief. In this day and age we’re still neck-deep in racism rows with idiots throwing bananas on the field; I shudder to think what the chants would be like towards an openly gay player 😦

  7. Akemi December 4, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Love the Netherlands FA one coz it hit the mark perfectly. I’m half expecting the RFEF to come up with something like this… staring Sernando or something. Anyway, I hope other FAs follow because this is a huge issue in sport and not just in football.

  8. black widow December 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    finally toronto FC gives me something to be proud of!

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