PHOTO: Gay Kiss Featured In “Sports Illustrated” Super Bowl Issue

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.

sports illustratedBut 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.

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  • Rad

    Was this before or after the Gospel show?

  • Brian

    I’ve seen straight guys kiss like this, especially after a few drinks. There’s nothing particularly gay about it.

    As for last year’s Superbowl being “gay”, give me a break. Madonna is not pro-gay. She is pro-using-gays-for-money. Big difference. When they have an openly gay male performer on the stage singing, only then will it be genuinely gay-friendly.

    As for the 49 ers, they’re not a particularly gay-friendly team. They might have the San Francisco name but their lack of openly out players and the presence of religious fanatics in their team disqualifies them from the “gay-friendly” category.

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  • Cam

    @Brian: said….

    “I’ve seen straight guys kiss like this, especially after a few drinks. There’s nothing particularly gay about it.”


    Oh yes, straight guys kiss ALL the time. It’s nearly impossible to keep them from tonguing each other constantly.

  • JDJase

    @Brian: pretty much everything you said is dumb.

  • Badger88

    @Brian: Can you please name these “religious fanatics” on the 49ers? Because I have no clue of what you’re talking about.

  • Fidelio

    As a kid, I got so excited when Dukes of Hazard came on I accidentally landed a big smooch on my little brother sitting next to me. He kinda freaked out. Whether these two guys are straight kissing out of excitement or actually gay, it doesn’t diminish the message of tolerance.

  • Wade

    @Brian: Your assessment that the 49ers is not a particularly gay-friendly team because it has no openly-gay player is completely asinine. At last count, there are NO openly-gay active players in the NFL. Or the MLB, NBA, and NHL. It’s not a question of “if” there are gay players, but rather “when” a (closeted) gay player comes out.

  • erasure25

    @Brian: The 49ers did an It Gets Better video…. I mean, that’s something.

  • Isaiah

    @Cam: I detect sarcasm… I like you Haha

  • D P

    @Brian: – I want to live where you live.

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