Discrimination weakens our communities. Oppression creates needless suffering. Cruelty has no place in modern society.
The 107IST, Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters strongly oppose state or local government actions that deprive a group of equal protection under law. While states and other jurisdictions create needless laws, ordinances and executive orders that ostracize, discriminate, bully, intimidate and terrify, our members will continue to stand with the groups, individuals, families and children who are affected. We stand opposed to racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism and discrimination of any kind, no matter where it may be occurring. We are the Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army — and our voice is strong, consistent and nationwide.
Specifically, we condemn the anti-transgender actions, laws and orders that are currently in place in Florida, Texas and Tennessee, because they actively suppress and harm the transgender population and families in those states. We are alarmed by the growing number of laws and policies that prevent participation in sports, block access to gender-affirming medical care, and take away basic rights from transgender individuals. We oppose any legislation or executive actions that harm transgender children and adults.
To support efforts that counter this harmful and tragic legislation, the 107IST, Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters have committed to the following:
- 107IST has made a donation of $107 to the following local transgender advocacy organizations in each of the three states:
- 107IST Away Travel is including links to these transgender advocacy organizations on Timbers Army or Riveters away travel ticketing events that are held in these three states. This will inform and allow donations to be made by individuals who choose to do so.
- The Rose City Riveters will send a trans-supportive banner to hang alongside our travel banner at away NWSL matches.
- The TA doesn't have a travel banner that is sent to away matches and Timbers-centric Regional Supporters Groups (RSGs) often design their own banners to show support for the team. RSGs should feel empowered to support the trans community in ways that are meaningful and impactful based on their locality. Requests for assistance from the Timbers Army Steering Committee (flags, tracing of banners, etc.) will be honored as best possible given potential time/cost constraints.
For supporters who have decided not to travel to these states, we encourage you to make a donation to one of the above organizations.
The initial version of this post did not contain the TA's offer of assistance to RSGs looking for help in constructing their own banners in support. We apologize for the error.