The team went all out for the event, changing its Twitter profile photo to have the team’s iconic logo in rainbow colors. During player introductions, the club’s Green Team ran across the court carrying the rainbow flag across the court, and people were decked out in rainbow Pride shirts. TD Garden was awash in rainbow lighting, and the Boston Gay Basketball League was allowed a shootaround on the parquet floor after the game.
Among those clad in a Celtics rainbow Pride shirt was David Pastrnak, winger for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. He sat courtside with teammate Charlie McAvoy and their dates. What’s cool about this is how yawn-inducing it might appear.
Fifteen years ago, a male pro athlete would be leery of being seen wearing an LGBT pride shirt. We used to have pro athletes avoid even answering questions about having a gay teammate out of fear of being labeled, so things have definitely changed for the better.
Here are some of the images from the Celtics’ Pride Night: