Okay, we know we said last year’s Super Bowl was the gayest ever, what with Madonna doing the half-time show.
But truly, Super Bowl XLVII is the queerest ever—not only do we have Queen Bey singing (or perhaps lip-synching), but both teams come from cities that embrace their LGBT community: Maryland, the Baltimore Ravens’ home state, just approved same-sex marriage in a voter referendum in November andRavens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been one of our most strident allies.
And of course San Francsisco, home to the 49ers, has been a gay mecca since such things existed.
But straight sports fans will get a nice little reminder of how gay the Super Bowl is with the new issue of Sports Illustrated, which includes a same-sex smooch taken at the San Francisco gay sports bar Hi Tops.
Hi Tops owner, Jesse Woodward told NBC the photo’s inclusion in the magazine sends a message to the world that sports fans come “from all walks of life and we’re all a big melting pot.” A sentiment echoed by one of establishment’s bartenders, Logan Chavarria.
“A lot of people come in and don’t even know it’s a gay bar and then we find out we have a common bond,” he told NBC.
Chavarria also pointed out that the photo snapped at “Hi Tops” being included in the coverage of a mainstream sports magazine feels like a win for the entire LGBT community. “I told my mom and she cried,” he added.
We can’t wait to see what the guys at Hi Tops will do if the 49ers actually win.