This article was published on August 12th, 2017
Sports and athletics bring people together in the spirit of competition and athleticism. Sport helps break down barriers, including homophobia, by people closer together in celebration of life, entertainment, and achievement. The importance of professional LGBT athletes coming out cannot be understated. For some, sports and athletics are the only outlet for youth to be part of a team or group, where they can fit in, learn valuable life skills, and build self-confidence. Queer sport stars are role models for LGBT youth, proving that they too can grow up to be whatever and whoever they want to be. Vancouver Whitecaps, fully support and embrace the importance of supporting the LGBT community, and on Saturday, August 19, they will be hosting their third annual Whitecaps FC Pride Night.
Showcasing their rainbow of colours, the Vancouver Whitecaps will be going out on all levels of entertainment, celebrating Pride in the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver. Known for providing extra levels of entertainment, the Vancouver Whitecaps have planned an action-packed show celebrating the LGBT community.
The entertainment line-up includes a B(qu)eer garden hosted by Vancouver drag queen Conni Smudge, a ‘Caps Kickoff demonstration by the Terminal City Rollergirls and Rain City Ultimate Club, and a Pride march to the match from Doolins Pub to BC Place. Vancouver LGBT advocate, community leader, and social celebrity, Barb Snelgrove, will be leading out the Whitecaps FC players out onto the pitch. Interviews from OutTV will be featured throughout the match.
“We’re proud to be partnered with organizations such as the Vancouver Pride Society, and the Out for Kicks soccer league,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “Soccer is a sport that brings people together, that embraces everyone, and that emphasizes equality. We look forward to continuing our support for the LGBT community and celebrating inclusion as part of Pride Night.”
Sport, athleticism, and fitness are important elements of gay culture. Whether it be recreational, organized, or professional sport, the LGBT community is inspired and motivated by sport and the valuable life-lessons it can teach. Out-and-proud LGBT athletes are valuable team players in the community, to make it more comfortable for others to come out and be part of the community.
Join the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, August 19 for Whitecaps FC Pride Night, as they take on the Houston Dynamo, while helping to highlight to the sport-loving community that there is a strong bond between sport and bringing communities together. Get your tickets now.