2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Orlando Pride soccer

By : Jeremy Williams
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CENTRAL FLORIDA’S FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ SPORTS LEAGUE/ORGANIZATION

If you want to know how many members of the LGBTQ community support Orlando Pride soccer all you need do is check out the backs of our cars. Affixed to our bumpers— next to our yellow and blue HRC equal sign— you will see the Orlando Pride magnet.

The purple and light blue logo featuring the famous Lake Eola fountain can be found throughout the city. Sure, it is usually side-by-side with Orlando City Soccer’s purple and yellow lion shield, but when the ballots were counted it was the women’s team that had our readers busting with pride–maybe next year, boys.

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FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for LGBTQ fans at World Cup in Russia

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MOSCOW (AP) – FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong and intensified after a law was introduced in 2013 prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimizing homosexuality.

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Eight arrests at Georgia demonstration over player’s gay rights armband

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Guram Kashia

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Eight people were arrested in Georgia during a far-right protest to demand a soccer player be kicked off the national team because he supported gay rights.

The nationalist Georgian March group wanted defender Guram Kashia punished for wearing a rainbow armband while captaining Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem earlier this month, as part of a broader initiative in the Netherlands for the country’s “Coming Out Day.”

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Atlanta United fan sparks outrage over Pulse comment days before first game

By : Rachel Dececco
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In the spirit of competitive sports, banter between rival teams is expected, but one Atlanta United fan is sparking outrage over a comment made on a Facebook post.

The comment was screenshot and posted in a tweet by Ruckus, an independent Orlando City supporters club, July 19. The comment read “think of [the upcoming game between Atlanta and Orlando] as Pulse part 2.”

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Mexico to appeal latest fine by FIFA over anti-gay chant

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Soccer Federation says it will appeal a fine imposed by international soccer’s governing body over anti-gay chants by fans.

It was the third time in 10 months that FIFA has sanctioned Mexico’s national team for the habit of its fans yelling a gay slur during kicks by opposing goalkeepers.

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U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach admits alcohol, drug abuse in new memoir

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Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April.

“I was stubborn and I was in denial,” soccer’s most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I didn’t want to face the truth.”

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Rapinoe stymied in bid for second National Anthem protest

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BOYDS, Md. (AP) – The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than “subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”

The National Women’s Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while the teams were off the field at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

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Issue 23.08: Orlando City Pride Soccer

By : Jake Stevens
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A new goal : The Orlando Pride brings women into the city’s soccer craze, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Spanish club Rayo to support charities with jersey sales

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MADRID (AP) – Spanish football club Rayo Vallecano says it will donate to charitable causes such as ones fighting cancer and sexual discrimination for each of its away jerseys sold this season.

The Madrid-based club’s first away jersey will feature a diagonal rainbow-colored band, with each color representing one of seven charitable causes the club will donate a euro to for each jersey sold.

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International watchdog condemns offensive banner at Bosnian soccer match

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – An international network that fights discrimination at soccer matches says a banner displayed at a weekend match between two Bosnian clubs was one of the worst examples of anti-gay expression it has seen this season, and urged authorities to punish whoever is responsible.

The giant banner stretched around one end of the Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo during a match between city rivals FK Sarajevo and FK Zeljeznicar on May 16. It made reference to the International Day against Homophobia the following day.

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New MLS expansion team has gay owner

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Los Angeles – The brand new Major League Soccer expansion team recently awarded to Los Angeles has a gay owner.

Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors Basketball Club, has been out for years, and is just one of several owners of the yet-to-be-named team.

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Soccer star made gay porn to aid gambling addiction

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London – When fans of Cathal McCarron earned that he starred in at least two gay adult films, the 26-year-old father of one’s Twitter feed was subjected to a flood of homophobic slurs.

But now that he has sought help with his gambling addiction, the Gaelic Athletic Association has rallied around the All Star nonimated Tyrone player.

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