In a significant step for the visibility and support of queer athletes in professional sports, 1. FC Union Berlin has joined the “Sports Free” movement. President Dirk Zingler and press spokesman Christian Arbeit have pledged to actively support the project. In a further push for the initiative, Dirk Zingler has also confirmed his participation as an interview partner for the film series currently in production about group coming-outs in professional soccer.
The support of Union Berlin, a club known for its strong community and social commitment, is clear evidence of the growing movement within the soccer world to promote an open and inclusive culture. “It’s a powerful sign that a club like Union Berlin, which is deeply rooted in the community, is championing our cause,” said Marcus Urban, co-founder of Diversero.
Dirk Zingler will talk about his experiences and the importance of diversity and acceptance in sport in the upcoming documentary. His commitment offers an authentic perspective on the challenges and opportunities of coming out in professional sport.
Union Berlin will thus become an important ambassador for the “Sports Free” campaign and send a strong signal for positive change in professional soccer.