According to 76ers public relations, the Philadelphia 76ers will walk in the Philly Pride Parade June 9th at 11am. This marks the third consecutive year the team has lent their support to pride month. The team will also use this rainbow logo for the day.
Per the Sixers:
“More than 40 employees from both the business and basketball sides, including mascot Franklin and Sixers Dunk Squad, will come together to support the LGBTQ community and the parade’s theme – the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.”
The Stonewall riots were a spontaneous protest in Greenwich Village Manhattan NYC in 1969. The demonstrators were protesting a raid on the Stonewall in by NYC police. This event is widely considered the genesis of the LGBTQ rights movement.
“Additionally, the 76ers will be joined by the parents of Akyra Murray – the youngest victim of the 2016 tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Akyra was a standout scholar-athlete from Philadelphia’s West Catholic and was in Orlando celebrating her high school graduation when her life was taken.”
We at the painted lines consider it a responsibility to take a stand for diversity and applaud the support the team has shown to the full breadth of the community of Philadelphia.