This is incredibly brave!
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This is fab news!!
For too long gay players have been afraid to be out and comfortable in major league sports — if they even making that far, knowing the culture of those sports hasn't been the best for the LGBT community.
Luckily, we're seeing strides all around, and the more players that come out the better things will get!
Well, it sounds like Major League Soccer isn't going to wait around for more players to come out! They're already doing their part to make a better effort in protecting gays in in the league!
In announcement from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it's said that Major League Soccer was launching an a way to protect ALL gay players (future or current!) from discrimination and harassment! To do so, they'll be expanding their training for players, and there will be clear and visible Player Code of Conduct board in BOTH home and visitor locker rooms!
The Codes of Conduct point out that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not allowed, even when everyone is off the court!
Harassment and discrimination complaints will also be handled by a lead MLS contact person to help out. Plus, there will be NO retaliation from complaints launched — as the MLS has promised to protect those who feel the need to come forward!
Here's what Mr. Schneiderman said:
"Harassment and discrimination in the workplace — whether in an office building, on the soccer field or a baseball diamond — are illegal. My office is committed to ensuring equal protection under the law for all employees no matter where they work, and I applaud Major League Soccer for working cooperatively with us to promote a culture of inclusion. Together, we are sending a powerful message that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in any form in the world of major league sports."
Yes you are!!
We're hoping that the powerful message truly will help, though we're sure awful things will still happen from time to time — but we're SO happy about this step forward!
Even better news is that Schneiderman has worked with the National Football League and Major League Baseball on similar anti-discrimination efforts!
We're in a new era of sports, guys!!
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