Out and proud president of Golden State Warriors celebrates Pride Parade

Rick Welts, the president of the Golden State Warriors, arrived at New York’s Pride March on Sunday with his partner, Todd Gage, wearing a T-shirt that read, “Proud Champions.” Before its launch down Fifth Avenue, the team’s float slowly began to fill with executives and officials from the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A.

via NY Times

Bill Kennedy, one of the N.B.A.’s most respected referees, posed for photographs with three young women who were also taking part in the parade. They practically squealed when they spotted him. Kennedy said that more strangers had been recognizing him since he came out as gay about 18 months ago.

“But they usually don’t get as happy as that,” Kennedy said.

The N.B.A. stood out at the parade, where it was the only major professional sports league to have a float.

photo via MSNBC.com