PrideGo is a scholarship that sends LGBT+ youth and young adults to the anual US Go Congress (wait what’s Go?). The US Go Congress is a major even in the North American Go scene, lasting over a week during the summer, having a multitude of events to play in, and tons of participants every year. If you self-identify as a member of the LGBT+ community, are between the ages of 13 and 22, and living in the USA this can be a fantastic opportunity to go to the Congress. If you’re interested, fill out this form and we'll be in touch with the chosen applicants.
We also hold our own events you should check out. They're open to anyone and can be found on our events calendar.
Details of events will be posted here, the AGA e-Journal, and the official AGA discord server once they are finalized. Our events are open to anyone and the proceeds from the events help to fund the scholarship.
Our next PrideGo tournament is on Sunday, October 10. The tournament will be McMahon format with three rounds beginning at noon Eastern/9am Pacific. Live coverage will be broadcast on the official AGA Twitch channel. Eva-Dee "Gooplet" Beech will host commentators Vadim Efimenko from Go Magic, Sathya Singh a.k.a. LionGuySai, and Dwyrin.
Prizes for the top places are generously being supplied by Artem Kachinovskyi 2p from the European Go Journal - digital subscriptions for 6 months, 4 months, and 2 months respectively.
Register using the Google form below. Registration closes at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 7.
The PrideGo team believes that Go/Baduk/Weiqi should be accessible to everybody, regardless of who they are. With greater LGBT+ representation, the Go community can be made more vibrant and inclusive than ever before. The PrideGo team is dedicated to bringing these communities together, and currently focuses on facilitating LGBT+ involvement in Go by way of scholarships for the annual US Go Congress.
The PrideGo initiative began with the First Annual Pride Month Rengo tournament that was organized over the span of five days leading up to June 27th, the last Sunday of Pride Month in 2021. The event was hosted on KGS, and live commentary was broadcast on Twitch. With the help of some generous donors and volunteers, we raised over a thousand dollars for QORDS, a summer music camp for LGBT+ youth in the American south.
At the time, no queer-oriented Go-related funds existed. At an AGF meeting during the 2021 e-Go Congress, Eva-Dee from the AGA Committee of Diversity and Inclusion proposed the establishment of an LGBT+ youth scholarship to send youth and young adults in LGBT+ communities to Go Congress. The proposal was enthusiastically approved, and we immediately began plans for fundraising. Future proceeds will benefit the AGF to fund this scholarship.