The St. Paul Saints have taken a groundbreaking step in professional sports, naming Twin Cities Pride an official corporate sponsor of the team. The recognition puts TC Pride on par with any Fortune 500 corporation that could want to work with the team and is intended to demonstrate the depth of commitment the Saints aim to make to the local LGBT community.

The team will also host a pride night on Friday, June 24. The first 1,000 fans entering through the gates that night will receive rainbow flags.

"LGBTQ communities across our state and country have historically experienced significant intolerance and marginalization in sports culture," said Twin Cities Pride Executive Director, Dot Belstler. "Twin Cities Pride is proud to partner with the St. Paul Saints as they recognize and seek to support and amplify LGBTQ voices!"

Every pride night is nice to see, and even better when a team takes extra steps like the Saints have with TC Pride. Plus, the visibility of 1,000 rainbow flags in the park on Pride Night reflect a true embrace of the event as something more than just a group-sales event.

The Saints are an independent minor league ball club in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Former Saints include Minnie Minoso and Darryl Strawberry.