This year, Local 134 will be implementing an “I’ll Go With You” community ally program specifically for the comfort and safety of trans or genderqueer members of our community who may be uncomfortable in gendered spaces, particularly gendered multi-stall bathrooms like the ones at SeatGeek.
We are looking for Local 134 members who are willing to volunteer as representatives of this initiative on gamedays.
As a representative of the “I’ll Go With You” program, you will do the following:
Wear a small button with the trans flag on it that says #IllGoWithYou on it
Be willing to be publicly identified to the community as a representative of this inititiative on the Local 134 website
Be willing to, upon request, go with a fellow community member to the bathroom they prefer to use, wait in line with them, and ensure they come and go from the bathroom safely and comfortably.
Be willing to, while wearing the button, maintain a certain degree of sobriety in the interest of performing this community function responsibly.
Be willing to help a fellow community member seek help if they are being harassed or otherwise feel uncomfortable on a game day.
Have tickets in section 118
We are looking to establish a group of around 15-20 people who can be on the team of representatives for this program. Buttons will be distributed before each game.
This practice will be particularly important for Local 134 away trips to states or areas where local laws may particularly discriminate against members of our community, so we will be sure to identify representatives for these trips from or outside of the regular group.
For anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this program, the list of representatives will be shared on the Local 134 website via a document with photos as well as the type of bathroom they can escort to. You do not need to be a member to have access to these escorts!
Each gameday, keep an eye out for these people and the buttons. Away game escorts will be shared leading up to an away trip on the travel page of the Local 134 website.
If you are interested in being an escort for this program, (please join!) and let Maggie know.
Get on the bus and head to SeatGeek Stadium to watch the Chicago Red Stars battle the Reign this Pride month.
Included: A convenient bus ride to the pitch from Hamburger Mary’s or A.J. Hudson’s. Game tickets in Section 118 where you can sing loud and proud for the home team with their supporters group Local 134.
Optional: A tailgate featuring delicious pork, breakfast and veggie burritos!
All proceeds will go to the the 2019 Prideraiser. Consider pledging your support for this year’s campaign here. Prideraiser is a nationwide initiative for soccer supporters to raise money for LGBTQ+ charities. This year’s Prideraiser will benefit Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago.
2:30 PM 1st Stop @ Hamburger Mary’s | 5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 3:00 PM 2nd Stop @ A.J. Hudson’s Public House | 3801 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 4:00 PM Tailgate @ SeatGeek Stadium | 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455 5:00 PM Kickoff vs Reign FC
Please note: The bus will depart 15 minutes after the match ends. No alcohol is allowed on the bus due to Chicago City ordinance.
Chicago Local 134 invites all Red Stars fans to the tailgate in the North Lot of Toyota Park this Sunday @ 3:00pm. Instead of providing food, Local 134 asks that you bring something to share. All money that would have been used to purchase food will instead be donated to the Houston Dash Harvey Relief Fund in honor of the Dash SG, Bayou City Republic.
Dash player Janine Beckie set up the fundraiser with the following note:
My name is Janine Beckie and I am proud to represent Houston as a member of the Houston Dash, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and South East Texas over the last three days and will continue to have a lasting impact on our community, time is of the essence for the people of Houston that find themselves caught in this disaster. As athletes we have an opportunity to mobilize our resources, contacts, family, and friends to come together and model the most basic obligation we have as human beings: to take care of one another. These are our people, this is our city, this is our home.
Please donate, something small, something large, your generosity will make the difference as we begin to find our city again, one step at a time.
Please speed the word and share our link with the hashtag #HoustonStrong
100% of funds raised will go straight to the Hurricane Harvery Relief Fund created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner patnering with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. This money will provide the most pressing needs for Houstonians.
Thank you everyone for your generosity and love! Come together, we are #HoustonStrong.