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Seattle’s five professional sports teams announced they will join forces to support LGBTQ equality for Pride Month during a joint press conference on Tuesday.

While Pride-themed games have dotted schedules across the country this June, this is the first time that a city’s professional teams have coordinated their events, according to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit working for LGBTQ inclusion in the sports community.

“Today the Seattle sports community is telling the world that athletes, coaches, fans and officials, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should have equal access, opportunity and experience in sports,” said Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally.

For Taylor, the press conference “marks an unprecedented effort where a city’s entire professional sports roster stands together to champion LGBTQ inclusion and equality.”

Seattle is home to five major professional teams: the Seahawks, Mariners, Storm, Sounders and Reign.

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While the Seahawks are not in season, the other four teams have coordinated back-to-back Pride games, starting with Sounders’ match against Orlando City SC, Wednesday night. The four-game slate will conclude Saturday, with the Reign’s Pride match, ahead of Seattle Pride’s main parade on Sunday.

Ginny Gilder, co-owner of the Seattle Storm, found that the joint effort indicated more than just the teams coming together.

“I think one of the things that’s best about sport in a community like Seattle is it is at heart a community builder,” she said.

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