49ers Become First NFL Team To Create LGBTQ+ Fan Club
The #49ers have announced the creation of #49ersPRIDE, believed to be the first-ever fan community started by an @NFL franchise to directly engage and support LGBTQ+ fans and allies.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 29, 2019
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The 49ers will be the NFL's first team to "create a fan club for members of the LGBTQ plus community," according to Chris Biderman of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The team announced yesterday the "creation of 49ers Pride designed to support and engage LGBTQ fans and allies." The fan club will be a "network for the community to participate in philanthropic and social events, watch parties for 49ers games, and unique opportunities such as marching with members of the organization at the San Francisco Pride parade next month." 49ers President Al Guido said that they "weren’t concerned with any negative backlash as the team has long been connected to progressive initiatives while owners throughout the NFL are predominately conservative leaning." Guido: "Our organization has always been about diversity and inclusion and we’re going to continue doing those things" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 5/30). Jamie Neal, who writes for the LGBTQ+-focused blog Outsports, said that though this "'may seem like something small,' she feels like she would be welcomed and supported at Levi's Stadium or even by the players and staff of the team." Neal: "It means a ton as someone who spent a good amount of time in the press box and locker room as a writer" (NBCSPORTSBAYAREA.com, 5/29).