GLISA North America belongs to a consortium of five continental associations which exist to address the different and unique challenges facing GLBTQI sport movement in each region. Although each with its own independent governance structure, the continental associations work in unision under the umbrella of GLISA International to promote GLBTQI recognition and equality in sports.

GLISA North America was founded to effect positive change towards a society whereby GLBTQI individuals can take pride in themselves, feel comfortable in expressing who they are, and be the best person they can be, without recrimination, fear, or blame.  To effect such positive change, GLISA North America is guided by the following principles:

  • Participation and Celebration
  • Respect and Fairness
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Empowerment

Yet, GLISA’s mandate is a dynamic one, always evolving to reflect the diversity of the global GLBTQI sport movement and its development since the 1st World Outgames in 2006 and the 1st North America Outgames in 2007.