You Can Play

LGBTQ athletes. Allies. Teaming up for respect.

Our Partners

In April 2013, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project that formalized and advanced their long-standing commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world. Read more HERE.


In June 2013, Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project, demonstrating the League’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more HERE.


In December 2014, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced that it was teaming with the You Can Play Project and Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) to create a more LGBTQ inclusive environment within the Canadian Olympic Team and COC’s corporate offices. The COC made it clear that it believes in You Can Play's message of equality and its efforts in changing attitudes in locker rooms across North America. Read more HERE.


In December 2012, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League became the first league to partner with the You Can Play Project announced a partnership dedicated to finding new and creative ways to ensure that LGBT athletes are ensured a safe environment, free from homophobic language and other actions that may contribute to athletes feeling uncomfortable or unsafe. Read more HERE.


You Can Play NWHL

The National Women’s Hockey League has been a dedicated partner in supporting gender policy, particularly with policy regarding the inclusion of transgender athletes. Read more HERE.


In June 2014, the Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project that provides a confidential and anonymous system through which CFL players, coaches and staff can receive support, training, counseling, or other resources as needed. Read more HERE.


In December 2012, the America East Conference office along with student-athletes, coaches and administrators from all America East institutions announced that it would combine with the You Can Play Project to help to educate and change the culture regarding the treatment of LGBT athletes in the locker room and on the playing field. Read more HERE.


In November 2014, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), in conjunction with its 10 member institutions, announced its efforts to support the You Can Play Project's mission of ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. The NAC embarked upon a video project capturing the voices of student-athletes, administrators and coaches, to share a commitment of inclusion for and in support of all members of the conference community. Read more HERE.


In April of 2013, You Can Play became partners with GO! Athletes and Campus Pride in order to elevate the voices of young LGBT athletes. GO! Athletes is a support network of current and former LGBTQ collegiate and high school student athletes, which creates safe spaces in the athletic community. Campus Pride represents the leading national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. Read more HERE.


The Sporting News became a partner of You Can Play in March of 2015. Through the partnership, LGBT and allied athletes now have a new platform to share their stories and highlight issues affecting the LGBT community within the world of sports. Read more HERE.