UPDATED: Dear Pittsburgh Pirates

You rock. All those ignorant haters posting craptastic garbage on your Facebook page today simply because you threw up some purple are the EXACT REASON why we need you and all of the other teams to stand proud as allies.

Consider this, haters. In 2011, the Pirates released this video, one of the first teams to use the words “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender” in their It Gets Better video. In 2012? Winning season and Buctober.

So suck it, haters. Post your garbage and show the world what ugly hearts you have. No one cares because young people in Pittsburgh, LGBTQ and straight, have a fine team of role models and winners on their side.

We are family, baby.

When I posted this (in haste) I forgot to mention a few things

  • Beginning in 2004, The Pirates hosted “Pride Night at PNC Park” (Pridefest used to be on the North Shore.) Mr Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2004 threw out the opening pitch.
  • In 2012, they screened their IGB video during pregame and invited LGBTQ youth to the game.
  • In 2012, they hosted an anti-LGBTQ bullying conference  during off-season with Persad, GLSEN and local academics.
  • In 2013, they invited GLSEN to organize a night for youth at the park.

There’s more, but that’s enough to show that the team have been allies in various incarnations for nearly a decade.