Dear Pride Family,
San Diego has a long history as a thriving community for LGBTQ adults interested in sports with groups like the America’s Finest City Softball League who've been longtime partners for OUT at the Park), Front Runners & Walkers who donate proceeds from the Pride 5K back to Pride’s community grant program and the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, and 18 other local LGBTQ sports groups.
Many of them can be found recruiting every year at the Pride Festival in the Athletes Alley area where attendees can relax, play lawn games, connect with the members, and sign up to join a team.
Pride’s OUT sporting events started in the ‘90s and continue to grow!
OUT at the Park sells out every year as we get larger and larger tickets blocks. This year 5,000 prideful Padres fans are expected to attend!
If you’re a rugby fan, OUT at the Pitch is in its second year, and if you’ve ever been rugby-curious, that would be the time to check it out! Each of these events helps to fund San Diego Pride’s year-round education and advocacy programs.
Much of the vital work left to be done to combat LGBTQ discrimination in athletic spaces includes protecting the most vulnerable of our population by stopping bullying and harassment in playgrounds, P.E., and youth programs.
There is much left to accomplish at all stages of an LGBTQ athlete’s development including having supportive parents, coaches, teachers, team owners, managers, and fans in the stadium.
I hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming LGBTQ sports outings so we can show the rest of the world, and especially our closeted athletes and youth, that we have been here supporting them and will continue to show up to support them as Together We Rise.
Fernando Zweifach López
San Diego Pride