The Brooklyn Nets Pride Night United Game is an annual event that celebrates and shines a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community. The Brooklyn Nets are proud to be in the epicenter of where the LGBTQ+ movement began and take pride in continuing to help push the message of inclusion and self-acceptance in the community.
New York-based songwriter Samara Brown will be performing the National Anthem.
Bringing ballroom’s ever-influential culture to Barclays, Brooklyn Nets entertainment teams, the Brooklynettes and Team Hype, will celebrate Vogue and Ballroom culture with a performance featuring dancers from the hit tv show HBO Legendary.
Game Ball Delivery
The Brooklyn Nets will honor Council Member Crystal Hudson. Crystal represents District 35 in Brooklyn, representing the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. She was elected in 2021 and made history as one of the first out gay Black women ever elected in New York City.
Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pioneers
The Brooklyn Nets will highlight LGBTQ+ pioneers and their contributions to society and culture. These pioneers will include:
- Imara Jones
- Imara Jones is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US.
- Audre Lorde
- Poet and author Audre Lorde used her writing to shine light on her experience of the world as a Black lesbian woman and later, as a mother and person suffering from cancer. A prominent member of the women’s and LGBTQ rights movements, her writings called attention to the multifaceted nature of identity and the ways in which people from different walks of life could grow stronger together.
- Chi Ossé
- Chi Ossé is the Council Member for New York City’s 36th District representing Bedford-Stuyvesant and North Crown Heights. At 23 years old, Chi was elected in 2021 as the youngest member of this Council and the first Gen-Z elected of New York City.
- James Baldwin
- James Arthur Baldwin was an American writer and activist. As a writer, he garnered acclaim across various mediums, including essays, novels, plays, and poems. Baldwin’s works helped to raise public awareness of racial and sexual oppression
- Leiomy Maldonado
- Leiomy Maldonado, known as the “Wonder Woman of Vogue”, is a transgender Afro-Puerto Rican dancer, instructor, model, activist, and ballroom dancer. She is the founder of the House of Amazon and best known for her voguing. Maldonado is one of the judges on the HBO Max show Legendary, a dance competition inspired by the world of ballroom.
Pregame Networking Mixer
The PRIDE Erg will host a pregame mixer in the 40/40 club for members of BK Pride, The Audre Lorde Project, NYC Pride, New York City Gay Basketball League and Brooklyn Community Pride Center
The Brooklyn Nets will be selling Brooklyn Pride cookies with partial proceeds going to GRIOT Circle.
Fogo Azul NYC will play Samba Reggae music on the concourse at Section 24. Nets entertainment teams, Brooklynettes and Team Hype, will perform during this activation. Fogo Azul NYC is a Brazilian trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming community musical group based out of NYC.