June 3, 2015 | by Compete Network
Events & LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration – June ‘15



Cleveland Gay/Lesbian Invitational Fellowship Tournament

Cleveland, June 12



Lakewood, Calif., June 13


Denver Int’l Gay & Lesbian Invitational

Denver, June 26



Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament for Special Olympics

West Hollywood, May 30



Pride Bowl VIII

Chicago, June 26-27



2nd Annual Ultimate Beach Party

Los Angeles, June 13



Sooner State Softball Classic

Oklahoma City, June 20



Rocky Mountain Open

Denver, June 12-14


Second City Tennis Classic

Chicago, June 12-14


Boston Tennis Classic

Boston, June 19-21


LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration – Get Your Pride On!

While June is recognized as official Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, this coming Fourth of July marks the 50th anniversary of the LGBT civil rights movement. It’s time to get your Pride on! While parades have been the centerpiece of Pride celebrations over the years, many sporting events – races, softball and volleyball tournaments, for example – are now a regular part of Pride and Fourth of July celebrations. But we need to remember the reason for these annual celebrations, vowing to continue our support of the LGBT community and the sports diversity movement.

One of the outcomes of those riots was the creation of Gay Pride, an event that proclaims to the world at large that …

1.  people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity
2.  diversity is a gift, and
3.  sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and can’t be altered intentionally.
With a National Park Service permit for the 50th Anniversary celebration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Equality Forum is organizing the national celebration of the LGBT civil rights movement in collaboration with regional, state and national organizations.

A printed and online publication to commemorate the events from July 2-5, 2015 in Philadelphia will be issued and distributed free of charge to participants at the 50th Anniversary Celebration event and its programs, all of which are free and open to the public. Copies of the publication will also be sent to bookstores and retailers; state and national civil rights organizations; diversity offices of federal and state agencies; Fortune 500 human resources and diversity and inclusion offices; and visitor and convention bureaus across the country.

The collectible publication, titled “Brave and Determined – 50 Years of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement,” will highlight the historic events that took place 50 years ago, when heroic LGBT activists from Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia held the first organized demonstrations for equality. Principal among them were Frank Kameny (from Washington, D.C.) and Barbara Gittings (from Philadelphia), considered to be the father and mother of the LGBT civil rights movement.


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