The Chicago Fire scored a major goal by partnering with Illinois LGBT-rights group Equality Illinois, for a series of events this summer.
Members of the Fire staff already showed their support by marching with EI in Chicago’s Pride parade and, on July 6, Fire goalkeeper Jay Nolly and teammate Gonzalo Segares appeared at the Equality Illinois PAC’s First Friday social. Players will be participating in a celebrity pie toss on July 28 at Boystown gay bar Sidetrack and the Fire organization will hold a Pride Night at Toyota Park on August 4.
“We are excited that this relationship will yield so many benefits for Equality Illinois, the Chicago Fire, and especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies,” said EI director Bernard Cherkasov. “Most importantly, this support from a major pro sports team signals to fans and LGBT youth the diverse voices that embrace equality.”
According to Gay4Soccer, other Windy City sports teams have donated items or held LGBT theme nights, but there’s never been a pairing like this. Said club president Julian Posada, “It’s just the right thing to do.”
Maybe now we’ll start watching soccer for more than just the meaty thighs.