They’re Sydney’s LGBTIQ-inclusive sports clubs, playing football, hockey, basketball, roller derby, kickball, water polo, ten-pin bowling, squash, boxing, wrestling and many more.
And 21 of them have officially signed on to participate in the biennial mega-festival WorldPride in Sydney next year.
WorldPride is the largest global gathering of LGBTIQ communities and since 2000, a different city has hosted the event every two years.
In 2023, Sydney will host WorldPride in February and March, coinciding with the 45th anniversary Mardi Gras.
On Friday, Sydney WorldPride announced that as part of the festival they’re supporting almost two dozen LGBTIQ sports clubs fund and elevate their plans for next summer.
Long-running clubs like the Sydney Stingers and the Sydney Rams will join newer sports clubs during the festival.
Many will host major tournaments and matches for various skill levels during WorldPride.
Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett said she’s thrilled to see so many sporting organisations join them.
“Since we won our bid to bring WorldPride to Sydney, our local LGBTQIA+ sporting organisations have been among the most excited and engaged with our plans,” she said.
“We’re delighted to align and support each other as we get back out there, get active, and welcome the world to Sydney next year.”
Interstate sports clubs invited to Sydney WorldPride
Sydney WorldPride is now 12 months away, with organisers urging everyone interested in joining a team to get in touch with the clubs.
They also hope interstate rainbow sports clubs will take part in the festival next summer.
See the full list of LGBTIQ-inclusive sporting clubs involved and their contact details at the WorldPride website.
Gay rugby legend Andrew Purchas is co-founder of Pride in Sport, an organisation that works with sporting clubs on LGBTIQ inclusion.
He said Pride in Sport is excited to be working with Sydney WorldPride to ensure that “everyone is welcome to participate and excel in the sport they love.”
“Sydney WorldPride is going to be an absolutely huge opportunity for our communities to showcase their sporting prowess to the world, as well as demonstrate the ability for sport in general to be an inclusive space for everyone,” he said.
New South Wales Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said sport is “all about getting out there and getting active, whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever your ability.”
“I’m so pleased to see Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ sporting organisations going from strength to strength and looking forward to welcoming visitors to our beautiful city for games during Sydney WorldPride,” he said.
Sydney WorldPride is the first in the Asia-Pacific
Sydney WorldPride is the first time ever the mega-festival has come to the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region.
Every WorldPride has four core events: an opening ceremony, a closing ceremony, a Pride march and a human rights conference attracting at least 1,000 delegates.
As well as sports events, organisers are planning events involving visual and performing arts, literature, music, dance, and more.
Organisers say the festival has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees.
To find out more about Sydney WorldPride 2023, visit the website here.