June is official here which means Pride month is in full force for the WNBA. For the fourth straight year, the league will dedicate the entire month to the LGBTQ community to focus on the inclusion and equality of all fans of the league.
“The WNBA is honored and privileged to celebrate the diversity of our fan base,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “The league embraces the principles of equality and mutual respect and is always working to ensure an inclusive environment at our games and events.”
Starting next Tuesday, there will be a WNBA game on ESPN 2 to celebrate Pride Month. On June 6 Washington will tip-off at 8 pm ET, followed by Los Angeles hosting Dallas on June 13 (tip-off at 10 pm ET), on June 23 the Mystics will travel to Minnesota (8pm ET) and the month will be capped off by Seattle hosting Connecticut for a tip-off of 8 pm ET on June 29.
The celebration doesn’t stop with the televised games though, as the league has partnered with GLSEN and Fanatics to allow fans to buy exclusive Pride shirts with logos from the WNBA and the NBA.As a donation, the league will be giving GLSEN $10,000 to help support building a safer and inclusive school environment for all children.
Once again this year members of the WNBA will join players of the NBA and NBA Development League will participate by marching and riding a float in New York City’s Pride March on June 25. There also will be community outreach activities around each team’s local city.