Racing Pride names Tom O’Gorman as one of its new North American ambassadors

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jan 24, 2022 | Racing Pride, LGBTQ+

David S. Wallens photo

Racing Pride, a European-based charity that promotes LGBTQ+ inclusivity within all branches of the motorsports world, announced its expansion to North America with a number of new ambassadors and partners within the industry.

The ambassadors include both industry professionals and racing drivers:

  • Tom O’Gorman, two-time Pirelli World Challenge champion, five-time SCCA Solo national champion, regular GRM guest
  • Devon Rouse, NASCAR/ARCA driver
  • Zach Herrin, NASCAR/ARCA driver
  • Travis Schumake, drag racer
  • Zandara Kennedy, pro drift racer and stunt driver
  • Ryan Hines, David Gilliland racing senior public relations manager
  • Jameson Jones, internationally recognized flag marshal

The release also names the following entities as Racing Pride industry partners:

  • You Can Play, a social activism campaign–already associated with NASCAR–that works to end homophobia in all sports.
  • Athlete Ally, a nonprofit advocacy group for LGBTQ+ athletes.
  • Gridlife, the motorsport sanctioning body and lifestyle brand.
  • FCP Euro, an online retailer of replacement parts for European cars and professional endurance racing team.
  • Out Motorsports, an online community for LGBTQ+ enthusiasts.

Both the ambassadors and partners are set to work together to better promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity in motorsports:

The new ambassadors, together with these strategic partnerships, will give Racing Pride and its positive message of inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community an impactful presence at events spanning North America and across multiple disciplines. Combined with Racing Pride’s existing European network, this announcement represents a major step in creating a global LGBTQ+ movement in motorsport and its associated industries.

For more information about Racing Pride or its ambassadors and partners, visit racingpride.com.

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hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
1/24/22 9:21 a.m.

This is awesome news. 

It sucks that this has to be a thing, that there has to be organizations to combat homophobia or sexism or anything like that (referencing some of the stories about female drivers getting involved etc)

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
1/24/22 10:32 a.m.

Tom's a class act.

 

I agree that it's a shame that, you know *wildly gesticulating at the state the world*

P5Racer (formerly BMWGeoff)
P5Racer (formerly BMWGeoff) GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/24/22 11:02 a.m.

It's sad that this has to exist, but I'm glad it does. I'm ordering a sticker now.

LopRacer
LopRacer Dork
1/24/22 1:19 p.m.

 What ever it takes to give everyone a place at the table. I just want to hang out and do car things with everybody.

stylngle2003
stylngle2003 GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/24/22 3:51 p.m.

Also awesome to hear about Out Motorsports' inclusion. GRM is well represented!  Saw the news earlier on Motorsport.com

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
1/24/22 4:13 p.m.

Awesome. I had him autograph a Sportscar magazine at a TNIA years ago. He was on the cover and I said I wanted it for when he became famous. This was still fairly early in his pro career.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/24/22 5:23 p.m.

In reply to Jerry :

Tom's like our own rock star. In all seriousness, I love seeing our friends sign autographs. Hopefully it helps justify all of the sacrifices that they have made. 

P5Racer (formerly BMWGeoff)
P5Racer (formerly BMWGeoff) GRM+ Memberand Reader
2/24/22 2:56 p.m.

My sticker arrived today.

Harvey
Harvey SuperDork
2/24/22 3:34 p.m.

The guy is a great driver and a snappy dresser. I think this is the first time I've ever seen him without sunglasses on.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/25/22 9:24 a.m.
Harvey said:

The guy is a great driver and a snappy dresser. I think this is the first time I've ever seen him without sunglasses on.

Tom is a great guy and a snappy dresser and, yeah, a rare non-glasses shot. I took that in victory lane at Daytona. 

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