Statement from the Southsiders Board on #Pride2018 Night at BC Place on July 28th
To our Supporters,
This past Saturday the Whitecaps turned BC Place into a rainbow for their annual Pride Night. Members of the Southsiders proudly marched into the stadium carrying a 50′ x 20′ rainbow flag, chanting our love and support for the LGBTQ2+ community and celebrated our Kid Captain, Hanna Jacobsen for her continued efforts within that community. Unfortunately, it appears that support was not shared by all of the boys in Blue & White on the pitch.
In reviewing the video and photos from the Caps’ 4-2 win over Minnesota, it became apparent that the rainbow captain’s armband was intentionally concealed under the sleeve of Kendall Waston’s jersey. He also failed to wear the rainbow scarf in the Starting XI photo with his teammates during the Pride match in 2016. Meanwhile, Costa Rican international footballer and Minnesota United FC captain, Francisco Calvo, prominently displayed the pride armband for the duration of the match against Vancouver on July 28, 2018.
The Southsiders stand with the LGBTQ2+ community and will not tolerate any form of exclusion, discrimination, hate, or bigotry. At this time we would like to encourage our Captain Kendall Waston to consider making a monetary donation to one of the organizations Kid Captain Hanna Jacobsen, holds dear: the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, an organization that provides free gender-affirming health care to transgender people or to QMUNITY, BC’s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre.
Kendall, as our Captain you are seen as a leader in our community and will be held to a higher standard. Please take this opportunity to help foster, create, and strengthen the inclusive community the Southsiders, Whitecaps fans and supporters pride themselves upon being apart of.
Don’t cross the line.
The Vancouver Southsiders Executive Board