Outsports reports that Michael Lahoud, midfielder for Chivas USA, has joined the NOH8 campaign against homophobia in advance of the team’s first-ever Equality Night welcoming LGBT fans on Saturday, July 23.
“I very much believe in equality on all fronts,” Lahoud said. “It’s as simple as that. Equality is a value we take half-heartedly at times. It felt right to stand up for an issue that is in front of lawmakers.”
Born in Sierra Leone, where male same-sex sexual activity is illegal and penalized by life imprisonment, Lahoud said his inclusive perspective came from his mother and also from a gay man who was influential in his life, but whom Lahoud would not name. “He helped me out when I was going through a pretty tough time,” Lahoud said. “Just a normal guy like the rest of us. I think that strengthened my outlook that whather you’re gay or straight, you’re still a person.”
Lahoud joins 24-year-old New England Patriot Bret Lockett who last month also posed for NOH8.