Many boats moored covered in colourful flags at the marina

Pride 2022

The RYA are proud supporters of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 

We believe that boating should be open and welcoming to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or ability.

Throughout the month of June, the RYA logo will incorporate the rainbow flag across our social media channels to reflect our support of the LGBTQIA+ community. We want to cement the RYA’s commitment as an ally to LGBTQIA+ boaters and reiterate that anyone is welcome within our sport.

Diverse voices

As part of Pride month, the RYA aims to elevate the voices and visibility of people who are LGBTQIA+.

Read the stories of three of our members who are avid sailors and how their experience of sailing has enabled them to feel valued, included and heard regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.

Why the RYA supports Pride

The RYA’s Equality Monitoring surveys show that the LGBTQIA+ community is underrepresented in our sport. 

In addition, 50% of people who entered our LGBTQIA+ Inclusion and Visibility survey told us that they have personally experienced or witnessed negative experiences relating to LGBTQIA+ inclusion in boating or sailing. 

Some participants told us that they felt that by creating more visibility and awareness surrounding understanding people who are LGBTQIA+ and how to become allies would allow for more acceptance and inclusion – and we wholeheartedly agree.

If you are interested in finding out more, please check out our LGBTQIA+ FAQs.