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Warriors to host LGBT Pride Night on October 25

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The defending champs will stress inclusion and equality for all in a home game against the Raptors

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five
A moment of silence is held at Oracle Arena in the wake of the June tragedy in Orlando
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With all the ugliness in the world lately, every bit of inclusion and equality is critical. And the Golden State Warriors are playing a role, by hosting LGBT Pride Night on October 25, against the Toronto Raptors.

It’s the first time a defending NBA champion has held an LGBT Pride Night, and the first time that the Dubs’ current regime has. Under the old owners, Golden State had such a night once, in 2010.

President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts, who is openly gay, had a strong statement about the event:

LGBT Night is a wonderful opportunity to champion everything we’re about as an organization: diversity, equality and inclusion. We’re looking forward to celebrating as a community at Oracle Arena at the game against the Raptors next month.

While there is certainly a ton of work to be done towards inclusion and equality, it’s wonderful to see the team we love be so open in their beliefs. Hopefully many other teams follow suit.

If you want to attend LGBT Pride Night - which is also Replica Ring Night - you can use the promo code SFLGBT to get $99 tickets.