Pride Month 2024 Celebrating and Championing LGBT+ Communities within squash

LGBT Pride Month is dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of LGBT+ pride. 

Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969, and has since spread outside of the United States.  

Modern-day Pride Month both honors the movement for LGBT rights and celebrates LGBT culture. 

Why is it important that sport engages with Pride Month?

Whilst Pride Month is a celebration of the LGBT+ community, its also an important moment to uphold their rights and highlight the issues this community faces. 

The challenges the LGBT+ community face are still present across the globe, and The PSA World Tour & PSA Foundation are proud to support all LGBT+ players at all levels, supporters of the game and more. 

64 countries in the world still consider being LGBT+ illegal, and within many countries where it is legal, LGBT+ individuals are often denied basic rights and are ill-treated. 

Even for countries like the UK that have strong LGBT+ rights, pride month remains a reminder to ensure these rights are still in place, and to combat the issues LGBT+ people still face. 

For example: One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months  


Sport as a whole has an important responsibility to create spaces where LGBTQ+ people feel safe, included, and supported. 

Sport is a fundamental aspect of many individuals’ health and well-being.  

Many LGBT+ sports people still today feel marginalized in different parts of the world: and we believe every person has the right to enjoy and take part in our sport.  


We aim to support the LGBT+ squash community by: 

-Ensuring that from the World Tour to local clubs, squash is an inclusive game  

-Promoting a community where LGBT+ players are accepted on and off court  

-Highlighting the various LGBT+ tournaments that take place across the world as an opportunity and example of inclusive sport 


As a Tour and Foundation, we want to bring light to more LGBT+ topics, support this community further and learn from these communities about how we can make our sport more welcoming.