The Forever Proud Project was created to reinforce USL’s commitment to social impact and to provide a safe, inclusive space for all fans, players, coaches and employees.
The goal of this national initiative is to prioritize education, community development programs, authentic and intentional fan experiences, relationship building opportunities, and LGBTQ+ storytelling for teams, players, and fans – all designed to support the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing creation of a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ fans, employees, and partners in USL communities across the country.
Take the Forever Proud Pledge
By signing up for this form, you are taking the following pledge:
Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia have no place in our game.
I pledge to celebrate our differences and always lead with kindness.
I will create safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community on and off the pitch.
I am Forever Proud.
By taking the Forever Proud Pledge, you will receive the latest updates and information on how you can support the LGBTQ+ community through the USL's Forever Proud Project.
May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.
Initially managed by the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Committee, the initiative is now collectively managed in collaboration between regional and thematic networks working to advance the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. This collaboration brings together organizations and initiatives at global, regional, national and local levels. To learn more, visit may17.org
June - Pride Month
Pride Month is an entire month dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ voices, celebration of LGBTQ culture and the support of LGBTQ rights. Throughout the month of June, nationwide, there have traditionally been parades, protests, drag performances, live theater and memorials and celebrations of life for members of the community who lost their lives fighting for their rights. It is part political activism, part celebration of all the LGBTQ community has achieved and continues to achieve.
June 28 - Stonewall Uprising
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBTQ civil rights and provided momentum for a movement. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided a popular gay bar in N.Y.C.'s West Village, The Stonewall Inn. This was commonplace for the time, but on this particular evening, the patrons of the bar fought back, starting the Stonewall Riots, which went on for days. The Stonewall Inn was declared a historic landmark by the city of New York in 2015 and later named a national monument by President Barack Obama in 2016.
2021 USL Pride Night Matches
October 11 - National Coming Out Day
Celebrated every year on Oct. 11, the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day is meant to celebrate the act of “coming out” – when an LGBTQ+ person decides to publicly share their gender identities or sexual orientation.
October 20 - International Pronouns Day
International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
October 21 - Spirit Day
LGBTQ+ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions “go purple” for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ+ youth in a united stand against bullying. Pledging to “go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — global and local brands and companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with the youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ+ anti-bullying campaign in the world.
December 10 - Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in rebuilding the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.
March 1, 2022 - Zero Discrimination Day
Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated on March 1 each year by the United Nations and other international organizations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN.
April 8, 2022 - National Day of Silence
The GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ+ students and allies all around the country—and the world— take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ+ people in schools.