NEW YORK CITY, NY – June marks the beginning of Pride Month, and New York City FC’s front office announced today their plans to celebrate the diversity that makes NYC a cultural center for the world.
“In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month [Hetrick-Martin Institute] and City in the Community – the charity proudly supported by NYCFC – will partner to provide local teens a safe, inclusive space to openly discuss LGBTQ-specific topics through a pioneer series of HMI-led inclusvity workshops.”
The Hetrick-Martin Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth organization, serving kids and young adults between 13 and 24 years old in over 300 metropolitan-area communities. The planned workshops will provide these young men and women with resources and guidance from counseling, to health & wellness, to job training.
As part of Major League Soccer’s Don’t Cross the Line Initiative, NYCFC will also be celebrating their first-ever Pride Day on Saturday, June 17 at Yankee Stadium – the only time this season where they will play defending-champions Seattle Sounders. Every ticket for this match sold via this Pride Link will automatically donate $5 to support HMI and the City in the Community collaboration. A post-match auction will feature first-team gear and kits, as well as rainbow-colored corner flags – with all proceeds benefiting New York City LGBTQ youth programs.
Before the match, NYCFC will be hosting an event at Boxers Sports Bar – the first gay sports bar to become an official NYCFC Pub Partner. The bar will host a meet for the New York Ramblers – the very first organized openly-gay soccer club.
NYCFC President Jon Patricof released this statement:
“NYCFC is committed to using soccer to promote equality, inclusivity, and respect. We work hard every day to make sure that New York City FC is a welcoming place for all, ensuring that our soccer Club reflects our diverse city.”