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Buccaneers host first LGBT tailgate in NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trailblazing: they organized the first LGBT tailgate around.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted an LGBT tailgate at the St. Louis Rams game as a part of the You Can Play project. The Bucs wrote about it on their website yesterday, and OutSports talked about it, too. From their site:

"It is the first-ever LGBT tailgating event that the NFL has ever done," said Wade Davis, former NFL player and now Executive Director for the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. "I would say, honestly, this is a revolutionary day, because most people don’t think that sports and LGBT mix and I think that the Bucs are reframing that and debunking a lot of myths around sports and LGBT individuals."

Back in July I wrote about Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam, what happened in Minnesota with Chris Kluwe, and how that reflected on the Bucs. But this is much more important, and it's great to see the Bucs engage in outreach to the LGBT community and support every Bucs fan out there, regardless of sexual orientation.