LGBT Pride Event Scheduled For Lions Vs Vikings Game In October
By Adam Carlson
When the Minnesota Vikings travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on October 25th, there will be a more than just a football game going on in the city. That day, there will also a an event being held for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Chamber of Commerce in Detroit.
James Felton Keith, the CEO of the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is particularly proud of the events that run alongside sporting events in the Motor City. In a recent article on the Detroit Free Press website, he spoke about being really excited about the upcoming event with the Detroit Lions.
Here is what James Felton Keith had to say about the event:
"“It means a lot, in particular the support and rapid response from (the Lions),” Keith said. “It means the world, actually. I think, as the Chamber of Commerce we’re usually the boring LGBT group. We’re the suits in the back of the room just trying to make sure that things are moving along. But these large sporting events play into our InDetroit campaign (and) our Inclusive Detroit campaign, which primarily affects the large corporations in the area. But these sports franchises are some of the largest corporations in the area and they affect the overall social sentiment.”"
Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Fans cheer during the game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Detroit won 16-14. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
In addition to the event happening in conjunction with the Vikings game, Detroit also holds other LGBT functions coinciding with game for the Pistons, Tigers, and Red Wings. In fact, the recent event for the Tigers had an attendance around 1,400 individuals and there are hopes that the event for the Lions game will reach those levels of interest as well.
"“We do anticipate a good 1,400 – to 1,500-member (turnout) to piggyback on the 1,400 people that we had at the Tigers pride night,” Keith said. “We expect a lot of those that can’t get in the stadium, that they’ll at least be available for the tailgate.”"
For more information on this event and others held in the Detroit area, be sure to visit the Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce at http://www.detroitlgbtchamber.com/ or check them out on Twitter at @LGBTchamber.
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