Atletik Dildoa is a football team from Istanbul, which mostly consists of women, queer and LGBTI+ individuals. The group believes that identifying oneself as ‘queer’ brings along a critical perspective towards all kinds of discrimination existing in the world. They welcome everyone who is not sexist, homo/transphobic, militarist, etc. The members are engaged in lgbti+ activism and organize tournaments and workshops during lgbti+ events with other teams. They raise our voice against all kinds of inequalities in the sports through our social media accounts, as well.
“We are a very young and small team which feels motivated and excited for all the things we will be able to make real in the future. Coming out as a queer-identified team in Turkey and performing one of the most male-dominant sports in masculine spaces is a great success and an act of bravery for us,” the team says. They reclaim these spaces and are working towards creating a football field free from discrimination where anyone who likes to play the game can do so safely.