WNBA Celebrates Inclusion & Equality during LGBTQ Pride Month

| June 16, 2017

“The WNBA is honored and privileged to celebrate the diversity of our fan base,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders in a statement on the WNBA website.  “The league embraces the principles of equality and mutual respect and is always working to ensure an inclusive environment at our games and events.”

WNBA Pride month will feature four nationally televised games on ESPN2, tipping off coverage when the Washington Mystics visit the Dallas Wings on June 6 (8 p.m. ET).  The celebration continues with the Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Dallas Wings on June 13 (10 p.m. ET), followed by a June 23 showdown in Minnesota between the Mystics and the Minnesota Lynx (8 p.m. ET).  To close out ESPN2’s WNBA Pride telecasts, the Connecticut Sun will host the Seattle Storm on June 29 (8 p.m. ET).

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the league announced a collaboration with GLSEN and Fanatics in which fans can choose from an exclusive line of Fanatics-designed Pride T-shirts featuring WNBA or NBA team logos.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit GLSEN, a longtime WNBA partner.  The league will also donate $10,000 to help support GLSEN’s efforts to create safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.

Throughout June, teams will offer special ticket packages and in-arena experiences for Pride-themed games.  In addition, there will be community outreach and activation with local pride groups, festivals and parades. Team activities will be showcased on WNBA and NBA Cares social media channels with the hashtag #wnbapride. Additional information on team events and celebrations can be found at WNBA.com/pride.

For the second year in a row, the WNBA, NBA and NBA Development League will march together and have a float in the­­ New York City Pride March on June 25.

The 2017 WNBA regular season runs through Sept. 3.

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