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Portland Timber Soccer Fans Take Colorful Stand Against Homophobia

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Timbers Army, a devoted group of fans supporting the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, used their creativity on Sunday to organize banners and decorate some seats in rainbow colors to call attention to homophobia in sports.

From the Portland Mercury live blog from Sunday's game against Chivas:

It appears as if Timbers Army has some sort of display up its collective sleeve-sections 203-208 are separated by colors of the rainbow in honor of International Day Against Homophobia, which is May 17.

Indeed, there are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple stripes across the North End, with the message: "Pride not Prejudice." A banner is unrolled on the main capo stand that reads: "Football fans against homophobia" and features a couple of gentlemen smooching.

Click on the gallery above to see four images from USA TODAY Sports photographers Jaime Valdez and Steve Dykes.