Wednesday night at Oracle Arena was more than just a thrilling, last minute win for the Golden State Warriors. It was also LGBT Pride Night, which serves as an important opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, and encourage everyone to practice acceptance, inclusion, and equality.
Not surprisingly, Steve Kerr had some powerful words to say. The Warriors’ coach seems to always have articulate and thoughtful sentiments regarding any important social issue, and Tuesday night was no exception.
During a timeout, Kerr addressed the crowd and the LGBTQ+ community with some wonderful words. But his greatest statement came in his pregame presser, when he not only preached inclusion, but praised the team and the region:
Warriors honoring the LGBT community during the timeout. Steve Kerr on it pregame, if you missed it pic.twitter.com/ZBv86X6Twp— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 26, 2017
In case you can’t see the tweet, here’s Kerr’s statement:
I also want to acknowledge that tonight is LGBT night here at Oracle. Which is an important night. I want to say that first of all that I’m proud to be part of an organization and live in a region and area that really embraces diversity. There has never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you regardless of race, creed, color or sexual preference and sexual identity. I’m really encouraged by my kids’ experience here in California growing up just in terms of acceptance. It seems that the young generation is learning more and more that we are all just who we are and we are all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other. It’ san important night for us so we want to welcome everybody from the LGBT community. Maybe, if you are coming to the game tonight, and your child says, “What does that mean?” explain it to them and explain the importance of loving the person next to you and respecting them no matter who they are and where they come from. They are human beings, we are all human beings and we are all in this together.
Kerr’s words aren’t surprising, but they are wonderful. It’s terrific that the Warriors not only have a coach who strongly believes in equality for all, but one who is willing to push it as an agenda.
As Kerr said, there’s never been a more important time to practice and preach equality. We should all take note.