New year's resolution = watch footy with your queer community. 2020 Bulldog Pride event calendar launches!

We’ve got about one event a month – starting this weekend at the Midsumma Carnival! The club is being extremely supportive by bringing Roxy the bulldog, a photobooth and zooper doopers! We’ll also have a badgemaking station and a kids’ slime making station!

What’s On?

JANUARY 2020

Midsumma Carnival Stall

Sunday 19th January
“Sports precinct” stalls, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
Click here to see the Facebook event

FEBRUARY 2020

Drinks before first AFLW home game

6pm – 7pm, Friday 14th Feb
Pride of our Footscray Bar, 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
Facebook event

AFLW Pride Match

3.10pmSaturday 22nd February
Whitten Oval, Barkly St, West Footscray
More details to come – we’ll have a guard of honour again!

MARCH 2020

Bulldog Pride Pre-Game BBQ

11.30 – 12.30pm, Sunday 15th March
Bristow Reserve cnr Emma St & Pilgrim St, Seddon. A short walk across the train line from Whitten Oval with adequate sun shade and a kids’ playground.

Vegan and gluten free options – free for Bulldog Pride members $5 for non members.
Facebook event.

APRIL 2020
AFLW Grand Final brunch

date and location TBC depending on if we get into the GF, and what date it is set for.
Annual event to celebrate our wonderful AFLW team, no matter how they did, and get giddy excited for the grand final. Fun games, sweeps, raffle, breakfast foods for lunch! Exact date to be confirmed closer to the event – should be the 18th or 19th.
Click attending on Facebook to get updates.

MAY 2020
Bulldog Pride goes to Ballarat!

The Ballarat Game is happening at 1.45pm Saturday 9th May at Mars Stadium. Hopefully Bulldog Pride will meet up with the Ballarat Bulldog supporter group and get to know the broader Bulldog family!

IDAHOBIT drink & away game viewing party

5pm Sunday 17th May
Pride of our Footscray Bar, 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
Celebrate the Freo-dom to be yourself!
Facebook event

JUNE 2020
Rainbow Family Round

Saturday 13th June, game starts 7.25pm
Marvel Stadium, Docklands
Family-friendly event for Bulldog Pride families at Marvel Stadium.
Facebook event

JULY 2020
Dogs V Freo: Pre-game drinks @ Garden Gate Bar

6pm Saturday 11th July, game starts 7.25pm
Garden Gate Bar, Gate 5, Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Get a drink with fellow LGBTIQA+ footy fans at the Garden Gate Bar (near gate 5)
Head in to sit together ain General Admission or go your own way when the game starts 7.25
Facebook event

AUGUST 2020

Dogs V North Melbourne Pre-Game Drinks

2pm Sunday 9th August
Garden Gate Bar, Gate 5, Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Get a drink with fellow LGBTIQA+ footy fans at the Garden Gate Bar (near gate 5)
Head in to sit together ain General Admission or go your own way when the game starts 3.20pm
Facebook event

NW Pride Night

On May 17 people all over Australia will stand against discrimination in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) mates, colleagues and families.

The 2019 Pride Night is sure to be a spectacular evening with Essendon and Bulldogs Executives in attendance, appearances from Essendon & Western Bulldogs players including Kyle Langford & Tom ‘Libba’ Libertore, the Purple Bombers Ambassador and the announcement of both the Bulldog Pride and Purple Bombers 2019 equality champions.
Join the Essendon FC & Western Bulldogs FC and celebrate pride in our Northwestern community.

Buy your tickets here.

Date Thursday 16th of May
Time 6:30pm Arrival for 7pm start
Location VU Whitten Oval
Address 417 Barkly St, West Footscray

Cost
Pride Members … $30
Non-Members ….. $49

Buy your tickets here

Food & Drinks
Canapés are included
Drinks are available at bar prices

Renew/join Bulldog Pride for 2019 and win a VIP pass to the Pride Game!

We’ve got a stellar line up of fun activities planned for 2019 including family-friendly BBQs, pre-game drinks and Grand Final breakfasts.

THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE TO JOIN / RENEW THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN 2019 WILL GRAB A SPOT IN THE GUARD OF HONOUR AT THE AFLW PRIDE GAME AGAINST CARLTON!

And you’ll also go into the draw for two tickets in to The Garden presented by Aperol Spritz which are valued at $110 each. Enjoy a premium VIP experience located just meters from all the action at the Western Bulldogs AFLW home games at VU Whitten Oval.  
With a boundary line view of the field your all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • Bottomless Aperol Spritz along with beer, wine & soft drink
  • Continual serving of premium canapes
  • Entry into The Garden presented by Aperol Spritz  

You can join online or in person!

In person: at Midsumma Carnival stall on Feb 20th! We’ll be sharing a stall with the Western Bulldogs Football club in the sports precinct of the Carnival at Alexandra gardens from 11am – 5pm.
Add to your Google Calendar Click attending on Facebook

Online: Download this membership form, and send it back to bulldogprideau[at]gmail.com or come to the Midsumma Carnival Stall on Sunday 20th Feb! Pay for your membership in our online shop!

Come say hi & join up at Midsumma Carnival!

This year – the Western Bulldogs Football Club will have a stall to sell club merch and promote the AFLW Pride Game against Carlton (which we totally smashed last year and saw Brooke Lochland the ice skate into our heart as queen of the kennel forever)

You can join up or renew your membership at the stall, and find out about all the exciting events we have planned for the year.

When: 11am – 5pm. Sunday 20th Jan, 2019

Where: Sports Precinct, Midsumma Carnival, Alexandra Gardens (across the river from Birrarung Marr)

Click attending on the Facebook event to get more updates.

Members will get free access to all our events this year, a Bulldog pride membership card, lanyard and pin – plus a 10% drinks discount at Pride of our Footscray Bar!

FREE TICKETS TO MARS Stadium game in Ballarat for Bulldog Pride members

Bulldog Pride Roadtrip to Mars (stadium)

Free tickets to the Ballarat game for Bulldog Pride members!

ballaratWhen: 29th July. Game starts 3.20pm, rides from Melbourne TBC

The club have reserved 30 complimentary tickets to the Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide Power game at Mars Stadium in Ballarat on Sunday 29 July.

They’re available for Bulldog Pride financial members to reserve for themselves and a plus one.
First in, best dressed!

Once you’ve reserved your spot, we’ll send you your actual AFL ticket in the weeks leading up to the game.

Melbourne-based Bulldog Pride members will be road tripping up together – Bulldog Pride members are going to make it a full day trip and brunch in Daylesford on the way up!

 

Not a Bulldog Pride member? Easily fixed! Pay on our online shop and return this membership form to bulldogprideau[at]gmail.com

The Kennel Cough Podcast!

We are LOVING the hot takes from the folk at The Kennel Cough – a SYN media podcast about the team we all love hosted by Niamh Felton & Caleb Scanlon.

🌈BONUS EPISODE🌈

In this week’s bonus episode, The Kennel Cough interview the co-founder of the Bulldog Pride group, Amy Jenkins.

Find out what the Bulldog Pride group are doing this weekend to celebrate the pride game:

Pride Game is coming June 9!

Amy & Wil were pretty chuffed to get to go to St Kilda Football Club‘s #PrideGame launch breakfast this morning. What could be more Southside than a 7am poolside champagne breakfast?

Great to see local MP and Minister for Equality Martin Foley MP, as well as VicHealth CEO (and Western Bulldogs Board Member!) Jerril Rechter, speak about the importance of inclusion and celebration in our code, and the importance of families accepting their LGBTIQ+ family members on the health and wellbeing of the queer community.

The Pride Game Ambassador this year is transgender rights advocate, Young Victorian of the Year, (and school captain) Georgie Stone.

Read the full story about the meaning, theme, and details of the day on the St Kilda FC website.

We would love, love, LOVE for the Pride game to become Pride ROUND in the coming years. Did you know that 15 AFL clubs now have LGBTIQ+ supporter groups?

Check them all out here – and if you stumbled on our page because your club doesn’t have one, you’ve got a couple of options:

  1. Become a Bulldogs fan instead – they’re a great community-focused club who have embraced us with open arms.
  2. Create your own Pride Group! Contact us and we’re happy to have a chat about how we started Bulldog Pride, and there is a myriad of other people in different states, from all walks of life who have started LGBTIQ+ supporter groups for their clubs.

Do you know what the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation does?

Because we didn’t really realise how much they do until Amy & Wil from the Bulldog Pride collective hung out with a bunch of other supporter groups – including the Cheer Squad, East West Bulldogs, Former Players Association – at the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Dinner on Tuesday.

We heard about the amazing work the Foundation is doing empowering young people, recent migrants and people from all walks of life in Victoria’s west through a range of programs promoting mental health, exercise, and social inclusion.

One of the Youth Leadership Project graduates told us about how students in Mildura advocated for gender-neutral bathrooms to make their trans classmates feel safe and not have to hold on for 6+ hours to go to the toilet. Isn’t that amazing? Talk about #RealStrength

We also saw Jason Johannisen and two of his Bulldog teammates modeling Socks of the West – the product of the WBCF’s Social Enterprise project.

Socks of the West was founded by several teenagers from Ballarat who participated in last year’s Youth Leadership Program. What started as a sock donation drive last year (they are the least donated item to charities, and biologically you need to cover your hands, head, and feet to keep warm at night – especially important if you’re sleeping rough in a cold place like Ballarat) has grown to a social enterprise where for every pair of sock purchased, a pair is donated to a homeless person.SuppGroupDinnerPic18

Check out more of the amazing work our Club’s Community Foundation does here: http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/foundation

We couldn’t be prouder to be Bulldog.

Men’s season home game drinks

So we got excited earlier this year when the club told us we could have our own private “Pride Space” at Etihad to watch home games for Bulldog Pride members.

Unfortunately, AFL/Etihad’s arrangements have changed and we didn’t get that this year – but that won’t stop us going to the footy with a bunch of great LGBTIQ+ footy fans and enjoying the game together!

After a survey of Bulldog Pride’s supporters we’ve agreed to meet before the game at Garden Gate Bar before most home games.

The bar manager is very supportive of Bulldog Pride and will help us make sure it’s as safe as a footy bar can be for out and proud LGBTIQ+ footy fans to enjoy a drink before the game.

This way we can meet up, get excited and have a drink together before heading into the game. If you sit in General Admission, we can all go in together, and if you have reserved seats, the bar isn’t far away at all!

Keep an eye on the upcoming events page and our Facebook page for the next Bulldog Pride event!