BATL’s Pride Mission Statement

During Pride Month and beyond, we celebrate the lives of those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ *, and their continued fight for equality and freedom of expression. Transphobia, gender based hate, homophobia, and racism have no place at BATL, at any time.

We strive to build a community where no matter who you love or how you identify, you will be welcomed and valued. Our work is ongoing to educate ourselves and to strengthen and affirm BATL’s commitment to providing a safer and truly inclusive space, in BATL venues, at BATL events, and online.

*2-Spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, et al - or LGBTQ+ or Queer for short

BATL’s Involvement and Support

In June of 2021 BATL released an internal training document to educate and motivate our team on Pride Allyship. The document covers a range of topics and has provided staff with a great foundation for their own personal development in being an educated ally. It also provided our Queer staff with further confidence that they work in a safe and welcoming space.

Later that month our Winston-Salem, NC venue hosted BATL’s first Throw With Pride Tournament.
The tournament raised $480 for Northstar, a WS local LGBTQ+ Center.

Our Hamilton venue has recently started their first Queer League Night, to give members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community a dedicated night to meet others and learn more about the queer community within the vast axe throwing community.

Over the last year we have started the process of updating our gendered bathroom signage to non-gendered signage in all venues.

This year we will be donating $1000 to two charities, $500 each, one Canadian and one American.

Canadian Charity: The519

A Toronto Community Centre that helps LGBTQ+ community. Also serves other marginalized communities.

$500 CAD donation.

American Charity: Sage USA

Provides support for older members of the LGBTQ+ community that may not have the resources & support they need.

$500 USD donation.

The Importance of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

In the past year, over 50 transgendered and non-binary people have lost their lives due to hate crimes, 4 states in the US have restricted access to gender affirming care for transgendered youth, 15 states in the US have laws banning transgendered student athletes from competing in gendered sports, and 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have considered taking their own lives in the past year.

Allyship helps give our LGBTQ+ staff and guests a space to feel safe and comfortable in their hobbies, jobs, and lives.

How You Can Get Involved and Show Support

• To make sure your money is going to the right places, you can look them up at charitynavigator.org
• Actively listen to your friends, guests, and colleagues about their experiences in the LGBTQ+ community.
• Educate yourself on different flags, as well as 2SLGBTQIA+ terminology.
• Be an Upstander: be actively anti-discriminatory and don’t stand by if you witness an incident.
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