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Lambda Basketball
Los Angeles, California
Founded: 1990

From a member: Lambda Basketball is simple and complex. On one hand I play basketball, the sport I love, with a diverse and friendly group of people. On the other hand I am using basketball as a medium to support the mission statement of Lambda Basketball. In 2004, I walked on the court a stranger and today I am family. Our personalities, backgrounds, orientations, cultures and skill levels make Lambda Basketball beautiful. Lambda Basketball equals family. In 2008, I witnessed the growth of Lambda Basketball from a league to a community-action group. On and off the court, basketball is our medium to promote STD awareness, break stereotypes and eliminate homophobia. I play Lambda Basketball and I am creating change.
Madison Gay Hockey Association
Madison, Wisconsin
Ice Hockey
Founded: 2006

“Largest Gay Hockey Association in the US; 2nd largest in the world.” It’s a nice title but the accomplishments that matter most aren’t about size, but about building vital and inclusive communities. We value making the sport accessible and fun, supporting our sibling sports and LGBTQA organizations, and giving back through fundraising, service and community-building events. One player described it as: “A place where anyone, regardless of athletic prowess, sexual preference, or gender identity, can learn to play a sport that is not only fun but also empowering… The jocks, the nerds, the gay guys, the lesbians, the straight guys, and the straight girls come together and love one another. That is a rare and awesome thing.”