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Values & Mission


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Values & Mission


The North America Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (NAGLSF) (dba GLISA North America) is a democratically governed, regional association of GLBTQI sport organizations in the United States and Canada. Modeled after existing multi-sport organisations, GLISA NA’s members are sport teams/clubs, Human Rights organizations and associations, and Culture/Celebration organizations and associations throughout Canada and the United States, including host cities of the GLISA NA Continental Outgames, and other entities that support the mandate of GLISA NA.  At present, more than 70 member organizations comprise GLISA North America.

GLISA North America was registered as a professional society in Canada and the United States through the Province of British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2005.  Because of its continental affiliation with GLISA International, GLISA North America is one of the five continental associations that carry on the GLISA mandate at the continental level.  

GLISA North America currently is a organization with volunteer staff consisting of its membership-elected Board of Directors and a board of advisors serving on ad-hoc committees at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.  For 2013-14 cycle, the Board of Directors consists of  eight individuals, two females and six males, along with several Board-appointed advisors for ad-hoc committees.  

The North American Gay & Lesbian sport Federation (GLISA NORTH AMERICA) was created with the knowledge that, in many parts of North America, negative attitudes towards and wrongful treatment of GLBTQI people still exist and may even prevail. Human Rights charters may not even mention GLBTQ rights in state or federal policy and law, thus creating situations where GLBTQI individuals can be discriminated against without recourse.  By working to advance the GLBTQI sports movement, we recognize the undeniable link between sports and human rights and firmly believe that any advancement in the GLBTQI sports movement cannot happen without  parallel advancement in human rights for GLBTQI members

GLISA North America is driven by four pillars:

Become a leading GLBTQI sports and Human Rights organization that grow  and nurture GLBTQI sport world-wide through outreach, member services and the sharing of knowledge and best practices among member organizations;

Build partnership with mainstream sport, human rights and cultural organizations that share our mission to make all places safe for GLBTQI athletes to fully realize their individual right to self-expression;

Deliver the family of Outgames, consisting of World Outgames every four years and Continental Outgames in intervening years, that deliver the three component that are at the foundation of the Outgames: human rights, sports, and a culture; and

Develop and enhance a platform for the professionalization of the LGBTQI sport movement in the form of transfer of knowledge, innovation in service deliveries, highest-caliber implementation of marketing and sponsorship strategies, and financial prudence and transparency.

 

 

GLISA North America was registered as a professional society in Canada and the United States through the Province of British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2005.  Because of its continental affiliation with GLISA International, GLISA North America is one of the five continental associations that carry on the GLISA mandate at the continental level.  

GLISA North America currently is a organization with volunteer staff consisting of its membership-elected Board of Directors and a board of advisors serving on ad-hoc committees at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.  For 2013-14 cycle, the Board of Directors consists of  eight individuals, two females and six males, along with several Board-appointed advisors for ad-hoc committees.  

History & Framework


History & Framework


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.

 

Leadersip


Leadersip


GLISA North America Board of Directors are elected annual at our delegate conference, typically held in the winter months.  The current Board of Directors consists of seven members, two of which are females.  Members of the Board include:

  • Debbie Storrs, Houston, Texas, USA (President)
  • Duy Ngo, Los Angeles,  California, USA (Vice-President)
  • Victor Elkins, Vancouver,  British Columbia, Canada (Treasurer & Representative to GLISA International)
  • Diane Smith, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Secretary)
  • Bruce TownsendMiami Beach, Florida, USA
  • Greg LaroqueToronto, Ontario, Canada (Representative to GLISA International)
  • Gordon Dunbar, Toronto,  Ontario, Canada (Representative to GLISA International & Pride House)

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Initiatives


GOING BEYOND SPORTS, CULTURE & HUMAN RIGHTS

Initiatives


GOING BEYOND SPORTS, CULTURE & HUMAN RIGHTS

Initiatives

GLISA North America endeavors to deliver a vibrant on-going GLBTQI sports movement that: (1) offers a compelling competition calendar featuring competitive events with the highest standards of organization and facilities, at every level of the GLBT sports system, and fully recognized by mainstream and GLBTQI sports governing bodies; (2) provide a viable business model for hosting Continental Outgames into pertetuity; (3) leverage the collective power of the GLBTQI sports movement towards the advancement of GLBTQI rights within the larger society; (4) faciliate the sharing of expertise and best practices between member organizations to nuture growth and sustainability; and (5) build partnerships with organizations with shared values to help us further GLBTQI rights and visibility while celebrating our culture and sport.

GLISA North America’s priorities include preparing for and promoting upcoming North America and World Outgames, securing host partners for future North America Outgames, expanding our membership of teams and associations, strengthening current partnerships and building new ones with interested organizations to combat homophobia in sport, heightening awareness of GLBT rights across the continent, highlighting GLBT contributions to culture, and supporting the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association – GLISA International.

Additionally, GLISA North America continually undertakes organizational projects to better serve its members and ensure its continued success.  Recent projects included the launch of a new website and its a social media platform.  Our current project includes a strategic plan study regarding GLISA North America’s future.