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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!

On:           May 13, 2013
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    • dsp

      WOW!!!!!! just absolutely beautiful!

      May 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lab

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

      May 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mjcc1987

      That is, well, so fucking awesome

      May 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LandStander

      I love my city! Portland, you rock!

      May 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Reality101

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

      May 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erikwm

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

      Oops. :)

      May 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Likearocklikeaplanet

      Nice work, Portland!

      May 15, 2013 at 6:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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