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Trusted LGBTQ+ resources for the soccer community

By Staff, 06/01/22, 9:00AM EDT


Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

Throughout Pride Month, we are sharing and showcasing trusted resources for people to support the LGBTQ+ community. Now more than ever, the organizations advocating for the LGBTQ+ community need support.

Here are a few that we encourage fans to support.

USL Partners

You Can Play Project – Non-profit working “to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. We achieve this by creating a community of allies that is able to foster a true sense of belonging. This becomes possible when sports teams sharpen the focus on the person’s skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


LGBTQ+ Support Resources

Athlete Ally – Founded by a college wrestler, Athlete Ally works to end homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality. Partners with the “Playing for Pride” initiative, the player-focused fundraising platform founded by former USL player Austin da Luz. Learn more:


Compete Network – Digital media company dedicated to uniting LGBT and non-LGBT communities through sports Learn more:


Equality Foundation – Nonprofit working on issues—from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition to defeating anti-transgender bills and HIV criminalization laws—that affect how LGBTQ+ people experience the world. Learn more:


GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) – Long-standing organization that works to ensure that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media. GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. Learn more:


GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) Sports Project – An education and advocacy program focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs. Learn more:


It Gets Better Project – Communicating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. Learn more:


The Knights and Orchids Society – Focused on communities in the south, the Knights and Orchids Society builds the power of transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and gay Black people by providing a spectrum of health and wellness services. Learn more:

-- – Media outlet on a mission to build the broadest, deepest, most informative and most entertaining gay sports community. Learn more:


PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – Founded in 1973, this venerable nonprofit is a powerful resource for parents and families. Learn more:


Prideraiser – A coalition of independent soccer supporters that raise money for LGBTQ+ causes in their local communities every June. The fundraising model is based on fans making a pledge per goal scored by their team during Pride Month. For example, if a team scores 5 goals in June, a fan's $5-per-goal pledge means $25 goes to further the mission of the local LGBTQ+ charity selected by the supporters group. Make a pledge:

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