It was a busy weekend for LGBT Pride events this weekend and 17 teams from five pro sports took part in games and a parade.
In Major League Soccer, the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes held their Pride nights, while the Philadelphia Union marched in that city’s Pride parade . In Portland, Timbers player Zarek Valentin wore a ribbon in his hair to raise money for LGBTQ youth groups.
In the WNBA, the Los Angeles Sparks held their Pride night, while the NBA’s 76ers marched in the Philadelphia Pride parade. The NHL’s Bruins participated in Boston’s Pride parade, the Capitals in the DC parade and the Oilers in the Edmonton parade.
Here are some images from sports and Pride this weekend:
Boston Red Sox:
Toronto Blue Jays:
Pride Night at Great American Ballpark was a huge success! Were you one of the lucky ones who pre-ordered the much sought after limited edition @reds Pride ballcap? Tag us in your photos @cincinnatipride! #cincypride2018 #cincypride #cincinnatipride #pridemonth #pride pic.twitter.com/3Z8j0O04WA— Cincinnati Pride (@CincinnatiPride) June 9, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays:
San Jose Earthquakes:
Above, Zarek Valentin of the Timbers wore a ribbon to raise money for LGBTQ youth.
Los Angeles Sparks:
For today’s game, we’ll be having Pride Night themed specials for sale throughout @STAPLESCenter! Get your Rainbow Cake @ Spotlight, Skyline, 104 Outtakes and Rainbow Sangria @ Spotlight, Skyline and Impact Bar & Grill! #GoSparks #All4LA pic.twitter.com/3hhZ62MvIp— Los Angeles Sparks (@LA_Sparks) June 8, 2018
These events by pro sports teams are a positive development, despite some online bitching — the Dodgers recognized an opposite-sex marriage proposal on the Jumbotron (Why that was bothersome to some is beyond me. I thought love was love?); the Reds didn’t promote their event enough (It was their first, so give them a break, and their hats rocked); the Timbers player’s hair ribbon was too muted (Who cares? He raised a lot of money for a worthy charity).
Story updated with Bruins’ participation in Pride.