Immigration crackdown may see some players stay home, but the team says they will prevail.
The World Outgames are coming to Miami in May, and this Mexican LGBT soccer team would like to attend, but in order to do that they must raise money for the trip.
Zorros Mexico has started a crowdfunding effort through Dreamfuel and needs to raise $1000 in order to travel to the sporting event.
The money will be used to pay for expenses, including air travel, hotel accommodations, passports and visas for up to 15 players reports Remezcla.
With stringent immigration policies now in place, some players are being denied visa applications, but the team is confident that they will still be a worthy opponent to other teams with the players they can bring.
One Zorros player spoke to The Set Pieces about being openly gay in the Mexican sporting world
“It can difficult to be a gay person in the world of football, because of the problem of machismo,” he said. “There is the belief that it is an exclusive activity of so-called ‘men’. But there’s talent in the gay community. I’ve seen it. Even though it’s difficult, I think players can excel.”
World Outgames is becoming a well-respected LGBT sporting tournament. Now in its fourth year, the competition, run by International Gay & Lesbian Football Association, will see thousands attend the tournament held at Miami’s Kendall Soccer Park and Florida International University’s soccer stadium for the final games.
As of this writing, The Zorros have raised $690 of their $1000 goal.
For more information on their crowdfunding effort click HERE.