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Atlanta Silverbacks announce support for gay sports org, plan first LGBT fan night

The Atlanta Silverbacks

The Atlanta Silverbacks, Atlanta's professional soccer team in the North American Soccer League, announced this morning its first-ever LGBT fan night as well as a new campaign to support Athlete Ally, an organization founded in 2011 to combat homophobia and trans-phobia in sport.

“As a global sport, soccer knows no boundaries,” Silverbacks General Manager Andy Smith said today via a media release. “No matter your race, sex, religion, or sexuality, soccer is and always should be open to everyone.”

The Silverbacks' "LGBT Pride Night" is scheduled for June 22 when the Tampa Bay Rowdies come to town. The club is off to a banner year and currently sit second place in the NASL standings, one point behind the Carolina Railhawks.