New Bay Area Pro Soccer Team Shows its Pride

A new Bay Area professional sports team says the LGBT community played a role in choosing their name.  FC Gold Pride, the new Women's Professional Soccer team based in Santa Clara, announced its name, colors and logo Wednesday.

WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci told The San Jose Mercury News the name Gold Pride symbolizes the Bay Area, "including the connections to the gay and lesbian community."

Professional teams in and around San Francisco have historically taken the LGBT community seriously as sports fans. For the past five years, the 49ers have organized LGBT Fan Appreciation Nights, where owners John and Denise York, former players and Gold Rush dancers visit bars in the Castro to celebrate LGBT fans and hopefully gain a few more in the process.

It's great to see a pro sports team recognize us in such an enduring way.  The Bay Area is known as a very gay-friendly stronghold, but I hope teams across the country take up the mantle and continue to reach out and strengthen their LGBT fanbase. 

When the Chicago Bears head down to Boystown and hang out with their gay counterparts at Crew, then I'll know we've made progress!

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