Competitors in sports and games should not be excluded
because of their beliefs. Let all play.
by Jennifer S. Bryson (Founder, Let All Play)
Rainbow Soccer Jerseys Don't Reduce Harassment. They Provoke It.
by Jennifer S.Bryson,
June 18, 2018
“Equipment must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.”
International Football Association Board (IFAB),
"Laws of the Game,"
Law 4, Section 5
"Soccer’s governing bodies should follow their own rules, which were designed to foster inclusivity, and ban political rainbow jerseys..."
"When all are allowed to play, we are truly inclusive."
"Sports should encourage the exercise of civility. In stepping onto the field or into the stands, we should agree to disagree about a wide range of personal and political issues. This is not just to be polite. It is to ensure that all are welcome..."
US Soccer’s Rainbow Pride Jerseys
Exclude and Divide
by Jennifer S. Bryson
June 13, 2017
“Forcing... foreign guests to wear a hijab is not a sporting thing.”
Wold Cup Winner
World Record Holder
photo by Pratap Vinayagam
"...there should be no precondition that players wear religious garb or a religious or political symbol with which they disagree in order for them to be allowed to compete."
4 Feb 2019
"Sports and games are valuable as shared civic spaces where all, regardless of religion or no religion, regardless of political views, participate together and compete solely on merit...We need to protect the shared nature of these fields of competition to assure international sports and games continue to be open to all without anyone coopting them as platforms for particular religious or political agendas."
Public Discourse, 4 Feb 2019
“I do not wish to be forced to wear a scarf or burka.”
There is “no place for an enforceable religious dress code in sports.”
photo Stefan64 - CC BY-SA 3.0
Allowing religious headgear in sports opens the playing field not only to Muslim girls and women but also to Sikh and Jewish boys and men.
"...requiring sameness in public spaces strips them of their public character, holding them hostage to narrow, private prejudice. If our public realms are to be inclusive and reflect the true diversity of humanity, then these spaces, including soccer fields and weightlifting mats, need to include the freedom for religious believers to be who they are—and to come as they are."