UnitedStatesLGBTactivistorganisation AthleteAlly haslaunchedanationalcampaign designedtoengageathleticleagues,teams,athletesandfansinadialoguearoundfancultureandpromotetheirsupporttowardstheLGBTcommunity.
The #EveryFan campaign, backed by 35 professional athletes and seven colleges, is calling for all fans to be fairly and equally treated after an international study revealed that “83 percent of American participants believe an openly gay, lesbian or bisexual person would not be very safe as a spectator at a sports event.”
#EveryFan aims to push forward for LGBT inclusion in sport, following the successes of similar initiatives including WNBA Pride, the Sports Equality Foundation, and the work of the LGBT Sports Coalition.
“We created EveryFan because we believe all fans, including LGBT fans, should have a great experience cheering on their favorite teams and athletes,” said Hudson Taylor, Athlete Ally founder and executive director.
“If we can get our professional athletes to talk about what culture and conduct they want of their fans, I think that will do a lot of good in the world.” he added.
Founded in 2011, Athlete Ally has been working to make the playing field growingly inclusive for LGBT people.
LGBT activist and Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers said: “There is nothing I am more proud of than being my true self on and off the field. That’s why I want all my fans to feel like they can be themselves, inside the arena, and in their everyday lives.
“I support EveryFan because I want every one of my fans to live an authentic life, and to feel that they are welcome in sports.”
— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) March 1, 2016
— Toccara Renee’ (@ToccaraRenee) March 1, 2016
— Athlete Ally (@AthleteAlly) March 1, 2016