Who would have thought the first NFL team to hold an LGBT pride event at a game wouldn’t be the San Francisco 49ers, or the New York Giants, but instead the DETROIT LIONS?
The Lions will hold what is believed to be the first LGBT night at an NFL game on October 25 when they host the Minnesota Vikings. The event will be organized by the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, who have organized similar events for Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers games.
The L.A. Times provides more details from Chamber CEO James Keith, who makes it seem like the intent is not to cater to gay sports fans, but rather to influence local teams and corporations on gay rights:
‘These large sporting events play into our InDetroit campaign [and] our Inclusive Detroit campaign, which primarily affects the large corporations in the area. But these sports franchises are some of the largest corporations in the area, and they affect the overall social sentiment,’ Keith said.
Keith said his group will have access to a block of upper-level tickets plus rooftop seating. In addition, he said, the group will be acknowledged during the game on the scoreboard or in some other way, adding that the Lions will help find corporate sponsorship for the event and a pregame tailgate party.
The team has yet to announce or comment on the event, and attempts to reach Lions officials working with the group were unsuccessful.
‘We do anticipate a good 1,400- to 1,500-member [turnout] to piggyback on the 1,400 people that we had at the Tigers pride night,’ Keith said.
We’ll refrain from making any gay pride/pride of lions references.
H/T: L.A. Times