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MLS' Chicago Fire team up with gay rights group Equality Illinois

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Chicago Fire's Gonzalo Segares

The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer have joined forces with Equality Illinois to help combat homophobia. Members of the team marched with Equality Illinois in Chicago's gay pride parade last month. From Gay4Soccer:

The partnership continued this past Friday night with Soccer Ally Jay Nolly and teammate Gonzalo Segares scheduled to appear at the Equality Illinois PAC’s First Friday social. This is where the partnership gets really historic. This isn’t just about helping an LGBT group’s educational and awareness efforts; Fire players are getting involved with a group’s work fighting for LGBT rights, although the club President Julian Posada is saying they’re not making a political statement: “It’s just the right thing to do.”

At a rainy game in April, some fans unfurled a huge rainbow flag at a Fire game (video below). It did double duty: Showed support for the community and kept them dry.

PHOTO: Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares inbounds the ball against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Carpenean-US PRESSWIRE