Phoenix Pride may be postponed until November, but to fill the void during the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s decorated WNBA club, the Mercury, are celebrating virtually.
The Phoenix Mercury gave several shoutouts to Phoenix’s LGBTQ community over the weekend, saying they can’t wait to get together in the fall. In the meantime, however, they are celebrating Pride every day — because why not? We have a lot to be proud of.
We miss celebrating @PhoenixPrideAZ this weekend with the entire Valley and can't wait to come together in November. Until then, we will continue to celebrate virtually each and every day! pic.twitter.com/yrqWDABrNl— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 5, 2020
The Mercury also shared pictures and videos of last year’s Pride Night on social media, including the in-game marriage proposal. The WNBA became the latest sports league Friday to postpone its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thinking of special moments like this today pic.twitter.com/ir849pgscK— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 5, 2020
Phoenix Pride, which was originally slated to be held this month, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Pride march through Phoenix when it convenes in November. The even is now scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sponsor the event as well.
As a proud sponsor of the Phoenix Pride Festival, the Arizona Diamondbacks want you to stay safe during this time. Click on the link below to keep entertained and healthy with D-backs activities for home! #StayHomeStaySafe #Dbacks #RattleOn @Dbacks https://t.co/uOy1XXVxYe— Phoenix Pride (@PhoenixPrideAZ) April 6, 2020
With sports on indefinite pause, teams across all leagues are not currently able to put on pre-scheduled Pride Nights. Last month, the Pittsburgh Penguins still lit up their arena in rainbow colors, even though there’s no hockey.
As the sports drought continues, it’s possible more WNBA clubs will show solidarity with the LGBTQ community, which they have always done. Many of the league’s stars are out, including Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner.
We may be physically distancing, but in times like these, maintaining social connections is more important than ever. The Mercury understand that.