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The GLTF exists to promote interest and participation in tennis among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender men and women; to encourage fellowship among its members in an athletic environment; and to foster support and interest from the entire community. By being a member of the GLTF, you are bound by our Terms of Membership, Code of Conduct, Articles of Incorporation, and Bylaws. The GLTF reserves the right to update these terms at any time.

General Terms
  • Membership is open to anyone 18+ years of age, regardless of gender or sexual orientation (see Youth Policy below).
  • Your name or image may be used on this website or in GLTF promotional materials.
  • Members’ data profiles (except street address and birth date) will be accessible to other members of GLTF unless the member changes the access in his/her own profile. View Your Profile.
  • Any dispute that arises with this club shall be arbitrated in San Francisco, California under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and the laws of California at your own expense.

GLTF Code Of Conduct

updated Nov. 16, 2009  |  Code of Conduct Download (PDF)
Members of the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Federation (GLTF) are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that demonstrates good sportsmanship. They must show respect for other members, for non-members who come in contact with the organization, and for the game of tennis itself. Whenever conducting business for the GLTF or participating in any of its activities, members are under an obligation to realize that their actions may impact the reputation of the organization either positively or negatively.

The GLTF Board reserves the right to revoke the membership of any member it deems to have acted in such a way as to shed a negative light on the organization, and to prevent said member from rejoining the organization for any period it deems appropriate. While the board may issue formal or informal warnings, they are not obligatory. 

Since the GLTF is a tennis organization participating in USTA leagues, in addition to our own events, members are expected to conduct themselves during all events according to the publication “Friend at Court.” This publication outlines what is expected of players regarding good sportsmanship. Friend at Court Download (PDF)

Any GLTF members conducting official or unofficial business for the organization, including but not limited to board members, volunteer coordinators, event managers, event staff, and USTA captains, must adhere to the highest ethical standards while engaging in said business.

All members are expected to treat each other with respect. While this topic is well-covered in “Friend at Court,” “Friend at Court” primarily covers on-court conduct. Members should act in a positive way off the court as well.

Liability Waiver

Participant Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement and Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Please Read the following Waiver, Release and Assumption of Risk Carefully:

In consideration of participation in any activity offered by GLTF, I understand that participation is voluntary and I and/or my family (including minor in my care) is physically fit to participate in this activity. I, for myself and/or for a family member signing up for this activity, agree to indemnify and hold GLTF harmless and hereby waive, release and discharge any and all claims for damage, death, personal injury, bodily injury or property damage which I and/or my family member may have or which hereinafter may accrue to me and/or the family member against GLTF, its agents, volunteers, and instructors from and against any liability arising out of or connected in any way with my and/or family member's participation in this activity, even though that liability may arise out of the negligence or carelessness on the part of the person or entities mentioned above.

I understand that this activity involves risk and that accidents or injuries can occur while I and/or my family member is participating in this activity; knowing the risks, nevertheless, I hereby agree to assume those risks on behalf of me and/or the family member and to release and to hold harmless all of the persons or entities mentioned above whom might otherwise be liable to me and/or the family member (or my heirs, executors, administrators or assignees) for damages. It is further understood and agreed that this waiver, release and assumption of risks has been freely entered into and is to be binding on my/our heirs, executors, administrators or assigns.

Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation (“GLTF”) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, GLTF cannot guarantee that you or your family member will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending a GLTF program or venue could increase your risk and your family member’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my family members and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending GLTF programs or venues and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at a GLTF program or venue may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, GLTF volunteers and program participants and their families.

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my family members or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my family members may experience or incur in connection with attendance at GLTF venues or participation in GLTF programming (“Claims”). On my behalf, and on behalf of my family members, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless GLTF, its agents and representatives, from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of GLTF, its agents and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any GLTF program.

I have read the above and understand that important legal rights are being waived.

Youth Policy

While Membership in the GLTF organization is currently available to only those 18 years and older, our motto remains that 'Queer Tennis Must Be Inclusive Tennis.' We would like that to be true for everyone who appreciates this wonderful game of tennis, including both: A) minor children of queer parents, as well as B) queer youth. If an event is open to youth, it will be clearly indicated on the event posting. Also, all of our social doubles events at SFTC are youth-friendly.

In order to participate, the adult must accompany the minor, as well as sign this document accepting responsibility for the child at the event. The skill level of the minor should be known (or evaluated) to ensure that everyone participating in the event has as near to an as-expected experience as possible. If you have a tennis-playing child and wish to learn more about the events that qualify, please contact our Development Director.

If you are queer and under 18 and would like to be involved in any of our activities, we are trying to establish a system that would be more inclusive of you as well. We may end up with a mentor program (which would involve pairing you with an existing member) to act as the liaison between you and events, since at least for the time being you would need someone there with you in order to participate. If that is the case for you, please contact our Development Director.

* 'Started' as of 2013; this policy is new and open to discussion (as is everything!), but for 2014 the Board of Directors achieved consensus on allowing select 'non-club-championship' doubles events being opened up to youth.


The Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation of San Francisco is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our members with tennis opportunities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Email: membership@gltf.org

Address: 2261 Market St. #109A, San Francisco, CA 94114


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