The Forever Proud Project was created to reinforce USL’s commitment to social impact and to provide a safe, inclusive space for all fans.
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.
YEAR-ROUND LGBTQ+ ADVOCACY
May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia
The International Day of Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia 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.
June - Pride Month
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally
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.