NBA and WNBA become the first professional leagues to march at New York Pride

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The world was rocked just two weeks ago by the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States of America as 49 innocent people were killed in cold blood at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA has always been a league that preaches acceptance, togetherness, and solidarity, with commissioner Adam Silver often making it clear that the league is a product for people from all corners of the globe.

The latest public showing of support from the NBA - alongside the WNBA - saw the association become the first professional sports league in the States to march in the famous New York City Pride Parade.

There was a float that sported the logos of the NBA, WNBA and the Development League as Silver, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, and WNBA president Lisa Borders joined a number of league employees and representatives in support of the LGBTQ community.

At the start of June, which is known as 'Pride Month', the NBA unrolled 30 t-shirts, each with a different team logo on the front donning the rainbow colours. It was the first time in professional sport's history, across the pond, that this had been done.

The tops proved to be a raging success and they were out in full flow on the streets of New York as the first openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins, was joined by ex-WNBA player and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Sue Wicks.

A number of photos were posted on social media, via various different platforms, that you can see below:

The NBA's inclusive ideologies see them currently sit streets ahead of the likes of the NHL, NFL and MLB in terms of inclusion and acceptance. Silver is keen to portray an inclusive attitude around the league and it has led to much debate over the future of the 2017 All-Star game.

The host city; Charlotte, North Carolina, recently passed a bill called HB2 (House Bill Two) that revoked a number of local anti-discrimination measures protecting gay and transgender people, and also stopped transgender people from using the bathroom of the sex they identify.

The ruling caused outrage throughout the LGBTQ community and has left the NBA with a tough call to make. They have previously threatened to relocate the weekend, however, as of yet, nothing has been set in stone.

The NBA's presence at the Pride Parade was yet another step in the right direction as the world of sports continues to welcome people from all walks of life.

Sport as a whole - not just in America but around the world - has oft been criticised for its lack of acceptance and understanding, and it is great to see a governing body, with such a big reputation as the NBA, leading the way.

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