We are proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community and aquatics community in New York City, but our community building & community service is not just confined to the pool. In our early years after our founding in 1990, we used the One Hour Swim Fundraising Drive to raise money for teammates to pay medical bills during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In that spirit, we have issued a statement in support of the 2020 #BlackLivesMatter protests. We also sent a joint open letter to the Speaker of the New York City Council and a joint open letter to all 5 New York City Borough Presidents on July 14, 2020 voicing our concerns in response to New York Magazine’s article about Peter Stein and New York City public pools, beaches and lifeguards published on June 23, 2020. Given that the city’s beaches have already reopened for swimming (on July 1) and the city’s outdoor pools have already reopened (on July 24), we highly encourage everyone to reach out to our elected officials (the NYC Department of Investigations, the New York City Council, the New York City Public Advocate’s Office, and the New York City Mayor’s Office) to express concern and demand a full investigation, as well as to report any municipal employees that exhibit inappropriate behavior. If you would like additional information about our dialogue with the city, feel free to reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more summer programming, check out our summer programming list.
History & Background
We are a masters aquatics program for adults (18 years of age or older) which requires memberships with U.S. Masters Swimming (locally governed by the Metropolitan Local Masters Swimming Committee (New York City Area)), USA Water Polo, USA Diving and USA Synchronized Swimming. We are a member organization of the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Association, which is a full member organization of the Federation of the Gay Games.
Since our founding, we have built relationships with key partners such as Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride), New York City Public Parks, New York City Public Schools (Stuyvesant High School, etc.), Alliance for Positive Change, City University of New York (John Jay College, Baruch College, Lehman College, etc.), Long Island University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Asphalt Green, LGBTQ+ Center in Manhattan, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, CIBBOWS (Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers), Red Tide Masters Swimming Team, Front Runners New York (Running Club), OutCycling, Cheer New York, Gotham Cheer, and Team New York (NYC LGBT Sports Network). As we do not own a pool, we have always rented pools for our programming. Thank you to all of our key partners that have hosted our practices, workouts, clinics, scrimmages and competition for the past 3 decades.
Every year since our founding, we have participated in Heritage of Pride’s annual event for New York City Pride. We have held fundraisers for our community through various initiatives, including our Annual One Hour Swim Fundraising Drive for the past 30 years. With our three decades of fundraising, we have built a strong relationship with the Alliance for Positive Change and number of other local LGBTQ+ charities and service organizations. We have also volunteered to support other community service and community building initiatives over the years with various service organizations, such as the LGBTQ+ Center in Manhattan, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis .
We have held our social events and fundraisers in a host of bars, clubs, restaurants and event venues in New York City such as Boxers, Atlas Social Club, Superfine, Union Theological Seminary, Industry, Elmo’s Restaurant, Therapy, Henrietta Hudson, Copacabana, Hudson Terrace, Slate, and Dave & Busters, just to name a few.
We greatly appreciate our amazing aquatics community and our LGBTQ+ partners for making us a pillar in the LGBTQ+ athletic community for the past 3 decades. We especially want to thank Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) for their generous support through their various grant programs for over a decade.
For more information about sponsorships, partnerships and volunteer opportunities to support our community service and community building, contact our Event Planning Committee here.