The Washington Mystics believe in full inclusion, dignity, and equality for all LGBTQ+ people. We’re proud to use the platform of sport to take a stand, and encourage our players, fans, and employees to also add their voices as we work towards full equality for everyone. We support all who choose to use the power of their voice for positive change in our communities both locally and nationally.
As we’ve seen through the many social justice protests of the past year, your voice does matter and can make a difference. We encourage everyone to continue to stand up for the rights of our LGBTQ+ communities – and join in amplifying the voices of the marginalized so we’re all seen, heard, and valued.
Please enjoy this video from Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud on what Pride means to them and our Mystics family. Check back here all month long for a look at how we’re celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month.
Washington DC LGBTQ+ History Self-Guided Tours
The Rainbow History Project has developed several walking tours through neighborhoods that have played a significant role in the lived experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of Washington, D.C. Click on a walking tour below.
District of Change Artist Collection
Keyonna Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and her Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of Maryland. Keyonna received two Edward Murrow Awards for her work as a news producer with News Radio WNEW, 99.1. In 2015, Keyonna founded Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC) home of #soufsidecreative located on MLK Ave, SE, with a mission to expose, educate and inspire her East of the River community through art and culture. She’s a tattoo artist, graphic designer, published fashion stylist, photographer, avid gardener and above all, a proud mother of two.
In the District of Change we strive to be a force for positive change.
We are an inclusive community of strong, committed, and dedicated people.
Created in partnership with the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center, the District of Change Artist Collection is a new community apparel series designed by local artists exclusively for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
These unique designs capture our collective commitment to activism and community engagement expressed in the pillars of the Mystics’ District of Change platform: Gender Equality, Racial Equality, and LGBTQ+ Equality.
Proceeds from the District of Change Artist Collection directly benefit the artist.
Washington, D.C. has always been a center for transformational movements that have sought to better our society. The story of the Mystics Nike Rebel Edition uniform seeks to recall those transformative movements in its storytelling and celebrate our city’s legacy of being the District of Change. The Mystics will debut their Nike Rebel Edition uniforms on the court Sat. June 5. The uniforms will be worn a total of four times at home, corresponding with historical dates and games with a social justice theme:
- SAT. JUNE 5 Wear Orange, Gun Violence Awareness
- SAT. JUNE 19 Juneteenth
- TUE. JUNE 29 Pride Night, presented by Capital One
- SAT. AUGUST 28 58th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
DC Public Library Pride Month Reads
This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month the library will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride. In honor of Pride month, they have selected some amazing autobiographies and biographies that explore the lives and careers of LGBTQIA+ athletes. Check out the library’s DC Pride page to find more great reads for all ages.
Click here to see the list that the library has curated for June and stay up to date all season as new lists are added each month!
Team DC Panel Discussion
To kick off Pride month with Team DC, Mystics players Leilani Mitchell and Shavonte Zellous & Assistant GM Maria Giovannetti sat down with Philip Van Slooten from the Washington Blade to talk about social justice issues facing our country.