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The NBA’s Expanding Relationship with the LGBTQ Community

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Sports fans have probably noticed that the culture around professional sports has been rapidly changing lately to become one of diversity and inclusion. That’s by no means to suggest that things are perfect, but it’s clear that progress is being made.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has represented a significant part of this progress, leading the way particularly in activism concerning the LGBTQ community. Here we will review a few of the league’s recent efforts to help those struggling to find acceptance and combat discrimination towards members of this community.

Reggie Bullock’s History of LGBTQ Activism

New York Knicks shooting guard Reggie Bullock has played for several teams around the league, but is perhaps best known for his involvement in the LGBTQ community. This is partially due to a Vice Sports documentary about him that was released when he was still playing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bullock’s activism has been primarily motivated by the murder of his transgender sister back in 2014.

Since that horrible tragedy, he has made it his goal to personally understand the unique struggles faced particularly by trans women of color, as well as to educate others on the importance of this issue. In addition to the Vice documentary, Bullock has shared his experiences on countless other media platforms and has helped to make the sports world more supportive of the trans community (even if in many respects there’s still a very long way to go).

The 76ers’ Pride Community Conversation & Basketball Clinic

Every professional sports team has a particular cause or two at any given time that it advocates for with fundraisers, donations, and events. Accordingly, the Philadelphia 76ers have recently started supporting LGBTQ youth in their home town, through events like the Pride Community Conversation & Basketball Clinic that took place earlier this summer. The clinic was a part of the Sixers’ celebration of Pride Month, for which the team also participated in Philly’s annual pride parade. Following a panel discussion, the Sixers’ clinic was led by former pro Jason Collins and a few members of the coaching staff.

Judging by NBA odds, the 76ers are lined up to be one of the most competitive teams this upcoming season, which should make all of this activism and support matter that much more. While it’s nice to see any pro franchise take a stand and get involved, one full of star players and playing in big games naturally attracts all the more attention. Hopefully we’ll see LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia in particular enjoying an ongoing positive impact.

The NBA Catalyzing Repeal of HB2 in North Carolina

In the winter of 2016, North Carolina‘s fairly conservative legislature passed a bill that required people to use the restroom meant for their gender assigned at birth, among other discriminatory clauses. Infamously known as the “bathroom bill,” the legislation’s passage sparked protests not just within the state but around the entire country. These included businesses pulling activity from the state, with perhaps the most notable example coming from the NBA.

The league had planned to host is 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, but wound up moving the game to New Orleans, with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) moving games outside of the state as well. Considering how central basketball, especially at the college level, is to the State of North Carolina, these boycotts were major news, and sparked even more demand for the bill to be repealed. A year after the NBA moved its All-Star Game, the NCAA (not typically a paragon of virtue itself) told the state legislature that it had two days to repeal the law or else the state wouldn’t be allowed to host any championship games for five years. It was this pressure from these basketball organizations in part that finally led to a partial repeal of the law, and the All Star Game returned to Charlotte in 2019.

All of these initiatives by NBA teams, players, and administrators have us feeling optimistic about the future of the relationship between the league and the LGBTQ community. There’s a long way to go, and the NBA remains imperfect from a social activism standpoint. But it’s trending progressive, which should continue to yield meaningful results.

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Lone Star State Championship Coming to Austin

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The National Gay Basketball Association returns to Central Texas as they present the inaugural Lone Star State Championship basketball tournament this weekend, in partnership with the Austin Gay Basketball League, at the Austin Sports Center in Cedar Park. The NGBA hosted its first tournament in the state — the Texas Capitol Classic in Austin — back in July 2012.

Unlike the Texas Capitol Classic, which drew teams from across the nation, the Lone State State Championship will have a regional focus. “The Texas Lone Star State Championships is the first LGBT basketball tournament that will feature players just from the state of Texas, Dallas, Austin and Houston,” says NGBA founder and president Mark Chambers. “This being the first LGBT tournament of its kind, we hope to build excitement around the state and have a goal of building LGBT basketball programs in El Paso, San Antonio, and other cities over the next year,” he added.

The tournament will feature nine teams, with Austin, the home of the first LGBT basketball league in Texas, dominating the tournament with six teams. Dallas and Houston are both represented with a single team each. Showtime is comprised of players from multiple cities.

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Events kick off Friday night with the tournament registration party in downtown Austin in the heart of the historic Warehouse District at Rain on 4th from 7-9 PM. Players get VIP pricing with their NGBA card. Games will be played at the Austin Sports Center in Cedar Park at 1420 Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park, Texas 78613. Tournament play begins on Saturday, July 25 at 9 AM. After games on Saturday, the NGBA will host a party downtown at V Nightclub at 409 Colorado St. Tournament play continues Sunday, July 26. The tournament will close with the awards party at Rain on 4th after the championship games.

Additional information available on the NGBA website at www.ngba.org.

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AGBL Summer 2015 Week 5

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This Thursday, the Austin Gay Basketball League‘s 10th season continues this week with Week 5 games at the Austin Sports Center in South Austin starting at 7 PM.

In the Advanced Division, the undefeated Halleloos (3-0) will try to keep their undefeated status as they take on the Bandits (2-1) at 7 PM, while the OCH-Drillers (0-3) try to pick up their first win of the season against the Raindrops at 8 PM.

Meanwhile, in the Competitive Division, the Cock-a-doodle-do (2-1) take on the Total Collision (2-1) starting at 7 PM, while the Jailbreakers (0-3) try score their first win against the Shooters (2-1) at 8 PM. The Space Cowboys (2-1) will try serve the undefeated Divine Divas (3-0) their first loss of the season starting at 9 PM.

The undefeated Net Profits (4-0) take a bye this week, while the Dark Knights (0-2) and the Lasers (0-2) try to pick up their first win of the season in the Recreational Division starting at 9 PM.

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The Austin Sports Center is located in South Austin at 425 Woodward Street, across from St. Edward’s University. Games start at 7 PM and are free and open to the public.

After the games, the league hosts a post-game social at El Gallo at 2910 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704.

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WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

Advanced Division

Time Home Away Note
7:00 PM Bandits (2-1) Halleloos (3-0) Regular
8:00 PM OCH-Drillers (0-3) Raindrops (1-2) Regular

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Competitive Division

Time Home Away Note
7:00 PM Cock-a-doodle-do (1-2) Total Collision (1-2) Regular
8:00 PM Jailbreakers (0-3) Shooters (2-1) Regular
9:00 PM Divine Divas (3-0) Space Cowboys (2-1) Regular

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Recreational Division

Time Home Away Note
9:00 PM Dark Knights (0-2) Lasers (0-2) Regular

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AGBL Summer 2015 Week 4

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The Austin Gay Basketball League’s 10th season continues this week down at the Austin Sports Center in South Austin.

In the Advanced Division, the Halleloos remain undefeated for the 4th week, beating out the Raindrops 53-37. That first win alludes the OCH Drillers as they fall to the Bandits 36-55.

The Divine Divas remain undefeated this season, beating the Cock-a-doodle-do 48-35, while Total Collision trounced the Jailbreakers 78-26. The Shooters gave the Space Cowboys their first loss for season, beating them 49-34.

The Net Profits remain undefeated in the Recreational division, giving the Dark Knights their second loss of the season 27-21.

WEEK 4 RESULTS

Advanced Division

Time Home Away Note
8:00 PM Raindrops 37 53 Halleloos Regular
9:00 PM Bandits 55 36 OCH-Drillers Regular

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Competitive Division

Time Home Away Note
7:00 PM Jailbreakers 26 78 Total Collision Regular
8:00 PM Shooters 49 34 Space Cowboys Regular
9:00 PM Cock-a-doodle-do 35 48 Divine Divas Regular

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Recreational Division

Time Home Away Note
7:00 PM Dark Knights 21 27 Net Profits Regular

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WEEK 4 STANDINGS

Division Team Played Won Lost
Advanced Halleloos 3 3 0
Bandits 3 2 1
Raindrops 3 1 2
OCH – Drillers 3 0 3
Division Team Played Won Lost
Competitive Divine Divas 3 3 0
Shooters 3 2 1
Space Cowboys 3 2 1
Total Collision 3 1 2
Cock-a-doodle-do 3 1 2
Jailbreakers 3 0 3
Division Team Played Won Lost
Recreational Net Profits 4 4 0
Dark Knights 2 0 2
Lasers 2 0 2

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