In another breakthrough for professional sports and the LGBTQ community, Major League Baseball and the NFL have both signed on to parade in the New York City Pride March on June 24.
This will be the first time the NFL or MLB will participate in the march.
The pair will join five other participating professional leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NHL, National Women's Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Tennis icon Billie Jean King was named a grand marshal for the parade in March.
Heading the baseball float are MLB ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean and former umpire Dale Scott, both of whom are gay. Deputy baseball commissioner Dan Halem will join them, along with approximately 200 MLB employees.
The NFL float will feature former offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan, who came out publicly last June, along with 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers, the NFL’s first openly gay coach, and Wade Davis, executive director of You Can Play and the NFL’s first diversity and inclusion consultant.
The NBA and WNBA were the first leagues to have a float in the parade, in 2016. NBA commissioner Adam Silver turned up by surprise on last year’s float, waving a rainbow flag.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly had Oakland Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane participating on the MLB float instead of MLB ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean.