June is Pride month and I hope you enjoy this issue. Even though this month marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, there is still a need for Pride. Unfortunately, homophobia and transphobia are still all too visible. We’ve shared with you three stories that illustrate how the sports diversity movement is helping to keep the Pride movement relevant in today’s rapidly changing world.
In addition to taking a look at WeHo Dodgeball’s accomplishments and its founder Jake Mason, we also have a fun interview with celebrity Ross Mathews who dishes on his love of the Seattle Seahawks. Interviewing him is Michael Losier, the best-selling author on the Law of Attraction and a huge fan of Ross’.
For all you flag football fans, there’s a piece on this month’s Pride Bowl IX being held in Chicago by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA). With 34 teams competing, this will be the largest Pride Bowl in its nine-year history.
We also have some pictures from Compete’s 2016 Charity Golf Classic held with the Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GPGLCC). A good time was had by all and money from the event went to Aunt Rita’s Foundation that benefits 17 non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations in Central Arizona.
There are also stories of two women of color, both of whom are sports success stories – one is WNBA player Candice Dupree and the other is Danny Gilmore, a certified NBA sports agent. The careers of these two women as well as the people and/or events covered in the other stories in this month’s issue would not have been possible without the groundwork laid by the Pride movement. And now the Stonewall Inn and surrounding areas are about to be designated as the first national monument dedicated to LGBT rights.
Connie Wardman, Editor-in-Chief
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