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LGBT Soccer Coaches and Allies

About

United Soccer Coaches is committed to helping all members learn the importance of inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; encourage participation in all activities by LGBT coaches, athletes, referees, administrators and fans; and welcome all allies in our organization’s ongoing effort to be a leader of inclusion in the sports world. This page is intended to provide members of this community and allies with resources to help you with any questions you may have and to give you support wherever needed.

2018 UNITED SOCCER COACHES PLAY WITH PRIDE WEEK!

The second Annual #PlayWithPride Week, sponsored by the United Soccer Coaches LGBT & Allies Advocacy Group, returns Sept. 17-23! High School and College coaches, register your team early to ensure you get your rainbow laces!

Play for Inclusion / Play for Diversity / For Our Players / And Our Coaches / To Change the Game!

Get Involved

The LGBT Soccer Coaches and Allies Community always welcomes new members. If you’d like to get involved please email us.

Leadership

Dan Woog, Chair

dwoog@optonline.net 203-984-9635

CONTACT US

We provide one-on-one LBGT support. Whether you’ve got a quick question about LGBT issues, or have a complex scenario – we’re here to help. United Soccer Coaches offers a totally anonymous, confidential service to members.


Send us your questions or concerns. Members of our organization’s LGBT study group will respond soon, by email.

2017 Convention: An LGBT and Allies Success

Los Angeles was THE place to be this year. The annual United Soccer Coaches Convention crackled with excitement and energy – and the LGBT and Allies coaching community was in the middle of it all.

Every year we hold a “Conversations” meeting. This year’s attendance was the highest ever, with a diverse mix of youth, high school, club and college coaches. The talk ranged from general coaching questions, to specifics about individual situations.

The LGBT and Allies coaching community sponsored an interactive workshop on the importance of diversity and inclusion for coaches. We also participated on a panel about “Creating Diverse Leadership in Your Club.”

We heard plenty of positive feedback on our Diversity and Inclusion online coaching course (see the right side of this page for more information). Many people had already taken it, and loved it — but some did not know about it. We continue to spread the word about this great initiative.

One of our projects for this coming year is an LGBT and Allies Awareness Weekend. Teams will be invited to wear rainbow laces on their soccer shoes, showing support LGBT players and coaches. Plans are still in the works!

United Soccer Coaches truly values our LGBT and Allies group. They look to us as advocacy leaders, and respect the work we’ve done. Their support is crucial.

So is yours! If you’d like to get involved in any way, we’re happy to have you. Please email dwoog@optonline.net for more information.

Resources

Below are links to many resources provided by the LBGT membership group, but feel free to contact the members of our organization for any more inquires.

  • Google Hangout on Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ Athletes: Be A Winning Coach
  • LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion online course
  • LGBT programs and projects that you can be involved in
  • List of LBGT blogs and news to follow about issues in the sport
  • A guide to LGBT-friendly colleges and scholarship opportunities for LGBT students
  • A suggested read from Outsports about a Gay W. Virginia high school soccer player that comes out by dancing with homecoming king
  • In the Center Circle chats with Brienne Smith article about her playing and coaching careers, and her work as an LGBT advocate
  • A LBGT FAQ that helps answer some of your everyday questions