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Buffalo Bills lead the charge for LGBTQ inclusion with new Flag Football League

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The Buffalo Bills are making strides in promoting inclusivity by supporting the launch of a new LGBTQ flag football league in the area. The team is proudly sponsoring the league, which is being established in collaboration with the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL).

NGFFL Commissioner Joel Horton expressed excitement about the addition of inclusive flag football to Buffalo, stating, “We are thrilled to bring inclusive flag football to Buffalo with the support of the Buffalo Bills. This exciting addition joins 27 other cities, and over 4,000 players, including straight allies, in the National Gay Flag Football League.”

The Bills’ involvement reflects a growing trend of NFL teams supporting local LGBTQ flag football leagues. The New England Patriots have a longstanding partnership with the Boston league, while the Los Angeles Rams have also played a role in launching a local LGBTQ flag football league. Additionally, teams like the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks have been strong supporters of their respective local leagues.

Michelle Roberts, the Buffalo Bills Vice President of Community Impact, highlighted the team’s enthusiasm for joining the NFL and other clubs in supporting the NGFFL. Roberts stated: “We are excited to join the NFL and other clubs across the league in their support of the NGFFL. Through our sponsorship, we are looking forward to expanding the impact of the NGFFL in our community.”

The Bills’ initiative is a testament to the ongoing commitment of major sports organizations to create inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community. Despite opposition, these efforts continue to gain momentum and support within the sports world.

The NGFFL has a rich history that dates back to 2002 when it took its first steps with Gay Bowl I in Southern California, involving three cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. Following this, a second Gay Bowl took place in San Francisco, expanding to include Atlanta, Chicago, and San Diego. These events ultimately led to the establishment of the NGFFL.

The Buffalo Bills’ support for the new LGBTQ flag football league signifies a significant step forward in promoting diversity and inclusion within the sports community. As the league takes shape, it is clear that the Bills are dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone can feel welcome and valued.


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