Second Annual Queer Women and Trans Hockey Tournament Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever

Toronto, Canada, May 29, 2024 — Anticipation is building for the second annual Queer Women and Trans Hockey Tournament, set to take place on May 31 and June 1 at the Ford Performance Centre. This year’s tournament will benchmark what it means to create inclusive spaces in sports, with a record-breaking 200 hockey players registered, a first-ever Pride sledge hockey showcase game, and a new queer vendor market.

The tournament is a testament to the growing visibility and importance of LGBTQ+ representation in sports. Organized by passionate advocates for inclusion within the hockey world, the event has garnered support from prominent organizations including Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, the Professional Women’s Hockey League, Pride Toronto, Peaches Sports Bar, Fierce Hockey, and CCM.

“This tournament is about more than just hockey; it’s about creating a space where queer women and trans athletes feel seen, supported, and celebrated,” said Cagla Baktiroglu, co-organizer of the event. “Through the power of sport, we’re breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of community that extends far beyond the ice.”

With the generous support of sponsors, all proceeds from the tournament will be donated to local charities making a meaningful impact in the LGBTQ+ community. Beneficiaries include the Orange Jersey Project, Hamilton Trans Health Coalition, and the Get REAL movement, all dedicated to promoting equality, acceptance, and resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

Marley Bowen and Chris Studer, Executive Directors of the Get REAL Movement said “In yet another year of intense polarization, hate, and violence against marginalized communities, we are so grateful for the support from TPHT to help us continue to combat 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and bullying across the country. With all the funds we receive going towards leadership opportunities for marginalized youth and educational programming delivered by inspiring Black and 2SLGBTQ+ role models, this partnership will undoubtedly have a direct positive impact on individuals and communities.”

The Queer Women and Trans Hockey Tournament serves as a beacon of progress within the sports world, challenging stereotypes and paving the way for a more inclusive future. By bringing together players, fans, and supporters with diverse experiences, the tournament exemplifies the transformative power of sport in uniting communities and driving positive change.