Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)


A Community That Celebrates All of Us

From its beginnings, Stonewall Sports has had a strong commitment to diversity. Our first four sports offerings were started by LGBTQIA+* players of color in the hope of creating spaces where our commonalities would help us build safe spaces and a stronger community.

Today, Stonewall Sports is proud that our player base comes from various backgrounds and groups to add to the local LGBTQIA+ communities where our chapters reside. Together, we strive to create health and inclusive offerings for all of our players.

We believe diversity is much more an initiative, it is an integral part of our culture. Inclusion must be integrated into all of our practices.

Diversity Statement

Stonewall Sports is a community of LGBTQIA+ players and leaders that celebrates the rich diversity of the communities we belong to. Through our mission to create inclusive, accessible, and highly engaged leagues, we give back to local community non-profits.  

At our core, we believe that when we band together, we are all able to move forward in a way that celebrates our intersectionality and builds stronger communities. To do this we need players and leaders that give of their time, resources, and hearts on and off the field, court, lane, and mat. Join us in building something great!

DEI Early Registration

DEI Early Registration enables early sign-ups for marginalized groups, fostering diversity and inclusion within our LGBTQ+ community. Registration will open 3 days early for DEI Early Registration. People may access registration via the standard link on the website. Only people who identify as one or more of the following marginalized groups may register during DEI Early Registration: Race & Ethnicity, Gender Diversity, and/or Person of Disability.

Inclusivity Checklist

Building inclusive environments means coaching yourself to consider the needs and experiences of those that are different from you. The Inclusivity Checklist below is a non-exhaustive list of different considerations you should consider when planning your events, meetings, workspaces and conversations.

Community Resources

Below is a non-exhaustive list of local community organizations that support issues such as: advocacy, affinity groups, food insecurity, mutual aid, reproductive rights, and more. Click to learn more about each organization.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh mission is to support “The Triangle and Beyond”. The Center provides multiple programs, events, and resources to empower the community.

The LGBT Center of Durham supports LGBTQ+ people through services, programming, resources, and support networks that center their wellbeing and allows them to thrive. The LGBT Center of Durham has been serving the Durham LGBTQ+ population since 2015.

Planned Parenthood mission is to ensure all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, educator, and passionate advocate as well as a strong partner to health and rights organizations around the world.

Alliance of AIDS Services is committed to improving the health of communities impacted by HIV/AIDS through compassionate and non-judgmental prevention, support services, and connection to care. AIDS Alliance envisions a community free of HIV transmission and HIV stigma – where everyone is empowered and thriving.

Equality NC is the oldest statewide organization in the country dedicated to securing rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. They are invested in ensuring that every North Carolinian can see themselves in this movement and helping create a safer, more equitable world for all marginalized folks.

The ACLU-NC brings together litigation, legislative advocacy, communications, and organizing strategies to empower communities and achieve our objectives in major issue areas including criminal law reform, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ equality, reproductive freedom, and the rights of immigrants.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for the trans community – one that has been divested from police and plagued by discrimination for all of history. The Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people.

iNSIDEoUT180 is a youth-led network of safer spaces, resources, and opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to unite and organize. They elevate and celebrate the voices and knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth from all backgrounds as forces for justice, liberation, and the eradication of all systems of oppression.

Raleigh United Mutual Aid Hub mission is to serve as a connection between the residents, communities, and mutual aid projects in and around Raleigh. They strive to develop accessible spaces for people of all backgrounds and affinities to come together, build solidarity, share resources and skills, host events and workshops, and unify in action behind shared ideals.

PFLAG Triangle is an ally organization with a mission to support LGBTQ+ people by working to keep families in loving relationships with their LGBTQ+ family members. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy.

The LGBTQ National Help Center mission is to provide a safe space to LGBTQ members through hotlines, online chat programs, email services, and publicly accessible online databases of resources.

Carolina Aging Alliance improves the quality of life for all LGBTQ+ older adults through inclusion, advocacy, education, and positive social engagement.

InterAct of Wake is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County, North Carolina. InterAct saves lives, rebuilds lives, and secures safer futures for victims and survivors and their families.

A Place at the Table is a nonprofit cafe where everyone is invited to sit for a wonderful dining experience — regardless of means. With pay-what-you-can pricing, anybody is welcome to eat at A Place at the Table at any time.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC serves a 34-county area with an estimated 510,000 people in that area facing hunger. The food bank provides over 81 million meals to families and individuals per year.