MLB: Seattle Mariners to Fly Gay Pride Flag

The Seattle Mariners will become the first-ever professional sports team to publicly fly the Gay Pride Flag at a game.

Jun 27 2013, 9:14pm CDT | by

MLB: Seattle Mariners to Fly Gay Pride Flag
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The Seattle Mariners will become the first-ever professional sports team to publicly fly the Gay Pride Flag during a game. 

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports this is scheduled to happen on Sunday, during the Mariners' game against the Chicago Cubs which coincides with the 39th annual Seattle Pride Parade

Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale says this is an appropriate and meaningful gesture to the LGBT community. 

"We're a part of this community. Our fans are a reflection of our community. We thought this was an appropriate gesture on a day that is very meaningful to the LGBT community."

On June 1, the Gay Pride Flag was raised at Seattle City Hall for the first time, marking the start of Gay Pride Month. Seattle mayor Mike McGinn said the flag stands for the city's commitment to equality. 

"The Pride Flag is a symbol that represents Seattle's longstanding commitment to equality. By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall, we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all."

A group called Seattle Out & Proud says the Mariners will be the first Major League Baseball team to publicly fly the flag. However, Hale says she cannot confirm that, per ESPN. The group's spokesman, Adam McRoberts, says they appreciate the Mariners' leadership

"We're thrilled to have so much community support in Seattle and greatly appreciate the leadership from the Mariners in promoting equality and acceptance in professional sports."

Seattle Out & Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol and the Seattle Pride Picnic. 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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