NWSL Celebrates Pride Month By Highlighting Transformative Work Of Clubs And Players
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On July 11, 2020, the National Women’s Soccer League announced that teams would use the matchdays of July 12 and 13 to show support for Pride Month.
The league itself wrote and released the press release, which is a new and groundbreaking move.
(That's new, for the record.) pic.twitter.com/4BY1K4jKwE
— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) July 12, 2020
Many of the teams sported T-shirts with "Be True" written on the front in rainbow coloring. The OL Reign made the numbers on their jerseys rainbow as well.
play with pride pic.twitter.com/rsMZd91xVZ— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) July 12, 2020
x x =Catch our Pride Match vs. @ThornsFC, presented by @BoeingWA, tomorrow at 9:30am PT/10:30am MT on @CBSAllAccess and @Twitch. pic.twitter.com/9jE22xcqyI
— OL Reign (@OLReign) July 13, 2020
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 13, 2020
Pride Month honors and acknowledges individuals within the marginalized LGBTQ+ community and it comes as no surprise that the NWSL openly shows its support.
Details about the work that each team has done in support of Pride are included, and NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird called the Pride celebrations “foundational to who we are as a league.”
Interesting press release from #NWSL regarding league wide pride celebrations. Not sure that’s ever happened. The release also includes information about specific work that’s been done around Pride by clubs. pic.twitter.com/vWA5WWlIkU— Sandra (@SandHerrera_) July 12, 2020
Diversity and inclusion have always been a constant in the NWSL, from the Black Lives Matter movement to Pride.
While other leagues often use Pride as little more than a PR stunt, the NWSL internalizes the essence of the movement and uses its platform to speak out.