With athletes such as Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and Brittney Griner coming out of the closet, the world of professional sports is starting to grow closer and closer to the LGBT community. The Atlanta Dream, Atlanta’s own professional women’s basketball team, has hosted an LGBT night for the past couple of years to raise money for local gay charities. This year, they’re back as an official part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month with a special LGBT night on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena. With more special guests and give-a-ways, this year is bound to be the best yet.
The event was first born in 2012, when the Atlanta Dream went up against a team from France. They collaborated with Georgia Equality to raise money for Campaign for Safe Schools. It was an instant hit and word spread about an amazing event. The program’s success led to another LGBT-themed night in 2013, which in turn led to this year’s event.
This year, the ladies are up against the ladies of New York Liberty, so it’s sure to be a good game. There is a special ticket for this year’s event, where 30% of the proceeds from these tickets will be split between the Human Rights Campaign and the Atlanta Pride Committee. All you have to do to see a portion of your ticket price go to these organizations is use the promo code “Pride” when checking out.
In case you’re not familiar with the Atlanta Dream, you should know that Atlanta’s WNBA team is a major player in the league. Since the team was founded in 2007, the Atlanta Dream has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in five of its six years and has reached the WNBA Finals three times – in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
This event is always a fun time, with cheap tickets, surprise guests and more. So, come on out, watch some basketball and help raise money for two amazing charities. But get your tickets fast because they will sell out.
Ladies, balls, and gay men galore. What more can you ask for?
The Atlanta Dream takes on New York Liberty on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena. Click here to purchase tickets and enter the promo code “Pride.”