Saturday’s Pride display “Emerald City, We are Here” comes at a time when many in the LGBT community feel afraid. Reeling from a recent event in Orlando, many of us feel that it’s time to hide away. Not so, says the ECS. We are here! From the stands in upper 122 holding up cards to make the pride flag, we see support. From the stands in the lower 122 flying the rainbow ECS crest, we know that ECS signals its love for the LGBT community. Throughout 121 and 123, our family raises rainbow scarves to show their team their love. Somewhere, over the rainbow, we’ve found our home. After all, don’t all Friends of Dorothy want to be in the Emerald City?
It also sends a message to the team. We are here. It has been a tumultuous season, and it’s time to turn our luck around. The Copa America Centenario break is over. We sing for you, you fight for us. It sends a message to the opposing team, that we are here. You will hear us as you play. The home field advantage is a force to be reckoned with, in our Royal Brougham Pitch.
This Pride display joins the Sounders Pride display on the field, showing that ECS approves of the inclusion of LGBT support. We are a unified club, team and supporters, ready to take on the challenges of the second-half of this year.
If you are LGBT, questioning, or never feel like you belong, know that there is room under the ECS crest for you. As we scream together, we energize our team, and change the conditions on the pitch for our boys.