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The Rams, the first NFL team to officially sponsor a Pride event, has always supported the LGBT community.  They were the first team to draft an openly gay football player – Michael Sam – back in 2014.  Other NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, have also supported the community in the past.



The Los Angeles Rams are sponsoring this weekend’s Venice Pride event, saying they are now the first NFL team to sponsor an LGBT pride event.

The Los Angeles Chargers have also signed on as sponsors of the event.

Venice Pride kicks off with a sign lighting and block party on Friday, followed by other events throughout the weekend, including parties, a beach cleanup and concerts.

The Rams said they have sponsored lights in the letter C of the Venice sign that will light up the night with rainbow colors as part of the celebration.

“This is the first time an NFL team has officially sponsored an LGBT pride event,” the Rams said in a press release.

“We are proud to work with Venice Pride and to stand in alignment with the LGBT community that is such an important part of the fabric of Los Angeles,” said Rams Vice President of Community Affairs Molly Higgins .”Inclusion has always been a valued part of our organization and we see this as a unique way to publicly celebrate the diversity that makes this community so special.


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