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League One Clubs Promote Equality, Inclusivity Through Pride Nights

By Staff, 06/02/21, 10:45AM EDT


Eight teams have announced June home matches focused on celebrating the LGBTQ+ community

June 1 marked the start of Pride Month - a month in which progress in the fight for equal rights is celebrated, the impact of LGBTQ+ people upon society is recognized, and victims of hate crimes are memorialized. Pride Month is celebrated in June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising - the beginning of a revolution to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

Now 52 years since the Uprising, significant strides have been made in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, but the work must continue. The United Soccer League and its partners recently announced the Forever Proud Project, created to provide a safe, inclusive space for all fans, players, coaches, and employees.

League One clubs are also using their platforms to promote messages of equality and inclusivity in their communities. This month, eight League One clubs have announced Pride Nights at various home matches - nights which will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and show soccer's power to overcome hate.

Here's a full list of the clubs, dates, and organizations you can consider supporting in the coming weeks and beyond.

Date Club Time (ET) Charities Busniess Allies
Sat, June 5
Richmond Kickers
6:30 PM Viginia Pride Virginia Pride, Health Birgade, Black Pride, RVA, Metropolitan Community, Church of Richmond, Side by Side, Virginia Anti-Vilolence Project, Nationz Foundation, and Stonewall Sports
Sat, June 5
South Georgia Tormenta FC
8:00 PM Boro Pride
Sun, June 6
Forward Madison
6:00 PM Outreach LGBT Community Center
Sat, June 12
Union Omaha
8:00 PM
Sat, June 12
FC Tucson
9:00 PM Tucson Pride
Veteran's Project
Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Wed, June 23
Greenville Triumph SC
7:00 PM
Fri, June 25
North Carolina FC
7:00 PM Playing for Pride The LGBTQ Center of Raleigh
Sat, June 26
New England Revolution II
7:00 PM Boston Pride

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