The German Chess Federation decided to show its logo in rainbow colors during June, aiming to set a sign of acceptance of queer chess players. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans.
“June is the month that celebrates the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community with Pride Month. In addition, the long struggle for equality and against oppression since the riots of June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village in New York should be pointed out. Even in 2022, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people are being discriminated all over the world – many do not dare to live openly queer in this context. In the chess world, too, there are hardly known examples of queer chess players, although it can be assumed that statistically, they should be more common.
Starting this year, the German Chess Federation will “show the flag” and take part in Pride Month. For this purpose, we will color our logo on the homepage and in social media throughout June and report on queer chess players. With this act, we want to send a sign of acceptance and show our social responsibility as the leading German sports association.” stated the German Chess Federation in the official press release.