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The Fire is partnering this year with both Equality Illinois and the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association, the largest non profit gay and lesbian athletics organization in the Midwest. Together they’re putting together quite a night. Beyond a discounted rate, tickets also get admission to a pregame tailgate and concert featuring Chicago recording artists Isaiah Grass and Jess Godwin. Grass has been recognized by Best Gay Chicago and Godwin’s lyrics tackle issues such as bullying so it’s great that they’re part of the night. And if you’re worried about getting out to Bridgeview, twelve dollars more gets you transportation to and from Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood.
Best of all, the Chicago Fire is once again donating a portion of each ticket’s cost to Equality Illinois, explicitly stating that the team is behind the fight for marriage equality. Wow.
Major League Soccer was well represented at Pride celebrations across the country this past weekend, including the Chicago Fire participating in their city’s annual parade.
Midfielder Brendan King and defender Gonzalo Segares (who was just named the MLS Works Humanitarian of the Month for June) rode the Pepsi float along with mascot Sparky. Members of the Chicago Fire staff and Section 8 supporters group also marched along with the float.
You can check out the Fire’s full Storify of great pictures from the parade at their website.
The Fire also used the parade as an opportunity to let the community know about their next LGBT Pride Night coming up on September 28 against the Montreal Impact:
Last season the Fire had players appear at a cocktail hour put on by an LGBT rights organization and staffers pied in the face for the cause. But current players Dilly Duka and Paolo Tornaghi both signed on as allies at this same time last year.
Let’s add some players from this team that has shown great support in the past. Use the list below to ask players to join; we’ll keep an eye on our @gay4soccer Twitter handle and #soccerally hashtag for their replies. And if you’re a Fire fan–or fan of any team–and want to sign on you can do that here.
The Chicago City Council votes on a resolution supporting LGBT athletes today, and the Chicago Fire were among those speaking in favor of it at hearings yesterday.
As part of the hearings Dan Lobring, Senior Director of Communications, shared the club’s support of Robbie Rogers, their work with Chicago Pride last year, and the work of the Section 8 supporters group and their diversity tifo last April.
Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire are certainly ahead of the curve when it comes to the goals of the resolution, which calls on the leadership of professional sports leagues to hand down sanctions for use of homophobic language from players. It also calls for commissioners to publicly state support for out athletes, which we have seen Don Garber do several times since Robbie Rogers’ coming out in February.
(Update 1 PM CT)
The resolution supported by the Fire was passed unanimously by the Chicago City Council!
The Chicago Fire are in the midst of their preseason training in Florida, and both put in some work and took some time off at the beach in Naples.
Their intrepid video staff got the good stuff on camera:
(With thanks to the Fire’s Jeff Crandall for sharing.)
While the Chicago Fire was preparing for their 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend, two Fire staffers took some pies to the face for LGBT Equality.
Nick Boulton and Adam Green, who are also the contacts for this weekend’s Pride Night, joined Equality Illinois Friday Night for their annual Celebrity Pie Toss event, which took on an Olympics theme this year.
Thank you for your support Nick and Adam!
As part of their new partnership with Equality Illinois, the Chicago Fire have marched in the Chicago Pride Parade, attended their monthly cocktail hour, gotten pies in the face, and now will be holding a Pride Night this upcoming Saturday, August 4.
As part of Pride Night you can get great ticket deals with a portion of the ticket price going to benefit Equality Illinois and Fred Says, an organization supporting HIV-positive youth.
All of the details are at http://www.chicago-fire.com/pride so hope to see everyone in Chicago OUT at Toyota Park Saturday night!
In what is being hailed as the Midwest’s first formal partnership between a pro sports franchise and an LGBT-rights group, the Chicago Fire is teaming up with Equality Illinois for a number of events over the summer.
The first sign of the new partnership was on June 24, when members of the Fire staff marched along with Equality Illinois and their marriage equality float in the city’s Pride Parade:
The first-of-its-kind partnership was formally announced July 5. Other Chicago teams have donated items or held LGBT theme nights, but there has never been a pairing like this between a team and an organization.
So far this month we’re averaging just about three new allies a day from Major League Soccer clubs. It’s an amazing growth and a great lead up to June when we’ll give everyone an opportunity to recruit allies in an all new way.
Will the Chicago Fire help us keep up the pace? Goalkeeper Jay Nolly became a list member last week when he volunteered a pretty awesome Tweet:
— Jay Nolly (@JayNolly) May 1, 2012
Thank you Jay!
So help us light a fire under some of Jay’s teammates and get them to join him on the #soccerally list. We’ll keep an eye out for that hash tag and tweets to us all day.