UMass Football to Celebrate Gay Pride During Game Against Liberty University

Liberty is an openly Christian university.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Minutemen football team says they will celebrate gay pride during a game against Liberty University’s Liberty Flames.
  • UMass made a “special announcement” from the UMass Football verified Twitter account, saying that the game will be “in honor of #PrideDay.”
  • The upcoming October 8th home game for the Minutemen was also referenced as “#PrideDay” on the UMass Athletics account.
  • While an exact LGBTQ holiday schedule can be difficult to pin down, June has been established as Pride Month, but there does not appear to be any national observation of Oct 8 as pride day.
  • For the National Football League, the month of October is frequently observed as Breast cancer Awareness Month and players often wear pink gear in support during the month.
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY’S STANCE ON GAY PRIDE:
  • Liberty University has an outspoken Christian worldview, including in its honor code booklet their take on relationships saying, “Sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University.”
  • One student at Liberty, John Kebles, spoke to reporters about UMass’s announcement, saying, “I think that it’s disappointing that UMass would choose to do something so controversial and pointed. It could have been a day of friendly competition. and now it feels like an attack against the school’s values and the Christian worldview.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Despite consistently being targeted by the left, the school has garnered a successful Division 1 football program, which is far more than UMass can say for itself.
  • Men’s football isn’t the only group being trolled, however. Earlier this month, the Northwestern Wildcats beat the Lady Flames in a field hockey national championship rematch on an evening they designated as a “pride game” to “celebrate diversity.”
  • Both Northwestern and UMass are known to affirm the LGBTQ lifestyle among their student body.