Sunday is National Pride Day, the culmination of a month of LGBT History Month festivities every June. There are pride parades all over the country, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum put in an appearance at the parade in New York.
The NBA has been progressive on issues of LGBT equality during the past few years. Jason Collins became the first openly gay active player in any of the four major sports when he signed with the Nets in 2014. Silver came down hard on Kings point guard Rajon Rondo this season, suspending him for one game when he yelled a homophobic slur at referee Bill Kennedy, who later came out as gay. And Silver has still left open the possibility of moving the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte in light of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom law.”
At Sunday’s parade, both Silver and Tatum wore “Orlando United” shirts in honor of the victims of this month’s Pulse nightclub shooting.