Austin Anthem Celebrates Pride
We’re working to support our LGBTQQ community from day one.
It’s June here in Austin. In addition to the sweltering heat, pool parties, and kickoff of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, June is an important time of year for a number of Anthem members. It’s Pride, a month filled with solemn remembrance and hopeful promise for our LGBTQQ community.
Support for pride is commonly represented by the rainbow — so we’ve decided to transform our logo to be rainbow-backed for the month of June.
We’re thrilled to be offering Pride shirts in the Austin Anthem store this month. 50% of proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to Out Youth, an Austin organization supporting LGBTQIA+ youth in our region.
Austin Anthem is trying to build the most inclusive soccer supporters group we can, and that includes our LGBTQQ community. This month, we’re doing what we can to showcase the successes and bring visibility to the struggles our LGBTQQ community faces on a regular basis, so that we can be better friends, allies, neighbors, and fellow soccer supporters.
We’re in our infancy as an organization, but we’re starting now to take small steps to do our part to support our LGBTQQ supporters.
From the beginning, we will be working with our Austin Anthem members and fellow Austin FC supporters in preventing *that* discriminatory chant from ever being shouted at McKalla Place. There is no place for hate in our game, in our supporters group, nor in our city. That chant, no matter your personal opinion on the evolution of the word, is intended as an insult at the expense of the LGBTQQ community.
We take very seriously the privilege of a soccer team in our community, and we want to make sure that we are welcoming our LGBTQQ supporters in every way possible.
McKalla Place will be everyone’s home.
We’ve also instituted a Director-level position of LGBTQQ member support, which is more-than-aptly filled by Christine Hanley. Christine is a recent convert to Central Texas shenanigans, but quickly realized that Austin is her home. Unfortunately, she’s a Manchester City supporter, but, hey, we can’t all be perfect.
Finally, as a small measure of our support, we’ve printed rainbow-backed Austin Anthem stickers, which will be available throughout the month of June at our Women’s World Cup events.
When we kick off in 2021, we intend to have a Pride Night in the supporter’s section to show our support.
Instead of waiting until then, however, we’re working on the logistics to see if we can march in this year’s Austin Pride Parade on August 10th. Reach out to us if you’re interested in joining us for this event, and otherwise stay tuned for those details.
Until then, may we suggest a few worthy causes?
- Prideraiser is a site that allows you to donate on a per-goal basis to charities in local communities that support LGBTQQ causes.
- Several soccer writers are committing to donate per article written, including local soccer stud and resident grackle Phil West.
- Make a World Cup donation to GLAAD, an organization that works to support LGBTQQ causes around the world.
- Support Pride locally by attending the Austin Bold FC match on June 8th, where the club will donate 25% of proceeds of a specialty designed jersey in support of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation. Supporting our local community is a cause that should unite us all.
- In addition to purchasing our Anthem Pride shirt, you can support Out Austin directly by donating at their site.
Happy Pride, Y’all!
Austin Anthem is the independent supporters group for Austin FC, the Major League Soccer club of Austin, Texas.
For more information, visit us online at AustinAnthem.org