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Kicking Out Transphobia started in 2020 after the quarantine was lifted, and was the first tournament with the new Covid-19 protocols in Philadelphia. The Tournament Fundraiser started in Philadelphia raising awareness and funds for different Trans local and national organizations like Morris Home, Rainbow Room, Trans Lifeline, Philly Trans March, Attic Youth Center, Ark of Safety.  In 2023 the community project took an International level hosting exhibition matches and tournaments in other cities in the US like Las Vegas, Nevada, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, Washington DC as well Mexico and looking to expand to more cities around the world. 

 Our mission is to send the message that trans players belong in futbol and everywhere because we know transphobia needs to stop, and together we can contribute by using soccer as a way to increase acceptance, inclusion and justice for the trans and nonconforming community.” 

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Rain City Soccer Club: Championing Inclusivity and Equality Under the Leadership of President Salem

Rain City Soccer as a club has been around since the late 1990s and was officially founded from a grassroots program in 2000 a beacon of inclusivity and diversity in the Seattle community, is making waves once again as it prepares to host the second edition of "Kicking Out Transphobia." Under the leadership of President Salem, the club has evolved into a formidable force for positive change, embodying its commitment to creating a safe and welcoming space for all. Founded on the principles of equality and acceptance, Rain City Soccer Club has long been a pioneer in promoting LGBTQ+ rights in sports. Now, as a non-profit organization, its mission has only grown stronger. With President Salem at the helm, the club has taken significant strides towards fostering a more inclusive soccer community.The upcoming "Kicking Out Transphobia" event stands as a testament to Rain City Soccer Club's unwavering dedication to this cause. Through this event, the club aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by transgender individuals in sports and to advocate for greater inclusivity within the soccer community. By providing a platform for dialogue, education, and solidarity, the event seeks to empower trans athletes and allies alike.President Salem's leadership has been instrumental in guiding Rain City Soccer Club towards this impactful initiative. Their passion for social justice and commitment to equality have inspired members of the club to rally behind the cause of LGBTQ+ rights. Under their guidance, the club has fostered a culture of empathy, respect, and activism, driving positive change both on and off the field.Beyond their role within the club, President Salem is a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in the broader community. Their tireless efforts to promote inclusivity and equality have earned them recognition and respect among peers and supporters alike. Through their leadership, Rain City Soccer Club has become a beacon of hope for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking acceptance and belonging in the world of sports.As Rain City Soccer Club gears up for another groundbreaking event, the impact of President Salem's leadership is more evident than ever. Their vision, dedication, and unwavering commitment to equality continue to inspire and empower others to join the fight for a more inclusive future. Under President Salem's guidance, Rain City Soccer Club is not just a soccer club—it's a catalyst for change.In the words of President Salem, "Our goal is simple: to create a soccer community where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued. Together, we can kick out transphobia and pave the way for a more inclusive future in sports. So, the reality is, how can we challenge some of these assumptions and some of these aspects in informative ways that are developed in understanding and structuring what that is and what that looks like. In a space where queer people are trying to play in sports and realize, for most of us, we were introduced to sports at an extremely young age, sports are an aspect of how we could identify ourselves with, something that we grew passionate about, that we could follow, but then told we are not welcome in the adult spaces. We’re the outliers and the exceptions to rules rather than the rule and that is very hard for a lot of people. One of the stories I hear most in my sphere is “I got away from soccer for so long because it was so unhealthy for me that the negative aspects outweighed the positive benefits. With leaders like President Salem leading the charge, Rain City Soccer Club is poised to make a lasting impact, one kick at a time.

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Kicking Pride Month with Trans Allyship at the Pride Cup

Trans Allyship 

The fourth Kicking Out Transphobia event has been announced and in partnership with The Pride Cup we will be hosting KICKING OUT TRANSPHOBIA ORLANDO. June 1st. More details to come. 

But The Pride Cup is an sporting event with different sports this year they are including soccer so if you want to know more information go to their website.

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