Golden State Warrior’s GLBT Appreciation Game declared a Slam Dunk
The Golden State Warriors hosted its first ever gay appreciation night on Thursday, and the San Francisco Chronicle declared the event a slam-dunk.
Earlier in the day and prior to the NBA game between the Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers, members of the San Francisco Gay Basketball Association played some pickup ball on the court. Stuart Lang, president of the gay league had this to say: “Generally in sports the gay issue is a touchy one, so this is extremely validating for us.”
The article made sure to point out that the Warriors were once the home of Tim Hardaway, known specifically to those interested in the intersection of gay rights in sports for his 2007 remark, “I hate gay people.”
Beyond the small bit of validation and sign of progress that this game served, a portion of the ticket sales went to help send a team from their league to the Gay Games in Germany this July. Also receiving a portion of the ticket sales is The Positive Research Center, an HIV/AIDS service organization in San Francisco.
The event also featured the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus singing the national anthem and Cheer SF, the world’s only gay-identified cheerleading team, performing at halftime.