Portland Timbers Fans Squash Homophobia With Giant Rainbow Flag During Gameplay

Screen shot 2013-05-13 at 4.22.06 PMWe’ve spent all this time speculating about the next professional gay athlete and how they’ll be received by fellow teammates, we hadn’t even thought about which team’s fan base may be the most progressive and accepting.

Well, fans of the Portland Timbers have already beat us to the punch. In a demonstration independently planned by Timbers fans, a large section of the soccer team’s home stadium was lit up with the colors of the rainbow this weekend, accompanied by a banner reading “Pride not Prejudice.”

The outpouring of acceptance comes less than a month after Timbers player Will Johnson was verbally attacked with a gay slur for the second time on the playing field.

Too bad openly gay player Robbie Rogers is tied up with LA Galaxy—it looks like he already has a few fans in the Timbers stands!

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  • dsp

    WOW!!!!!! just absolutely beautiful!

  • lab

    I live in portland and the timbers fans are very cool and totally rabid fans

  • mjcc1987

    That is, well, so fucking awesome

  • LandStander

    I love my city! Portland, you rock!

  • Reality101

    This is hands down one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in relation to LGBT support. Sincerely.

  • erikwm

    When the Portland Timbers were featured on the TV show “Grimm,” I thought it was a fake team. LOL

    Oops. :)

  • zrocqs

    This is the 2nd time in a few weeks that I’ve gotten choked up by a group of mostly straight people (I assume) displaying such grace. The first was the New Zealand legislature singing upon the passage of their own marriage-equality law.
    At work and at play, we find ourselves with some awesome allies.

  • Likearocklikeaplanet

    Nice work, Portland!

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