With Miami Beach Pride having taken place this last weekend, the Miami Dolphins have stepped up their game to be involved with Pride and celebrate their LGBTI fans and community. The Dolphins partnered up with Miami Beach Pride as part of their “Football Unites” program. Football Unites is about connecting Football with the local communities.

“We are excited that Miami Beach Pride has joined the FOOTBALL UNITES™ program,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said.

“We are committed to being inclusive of the diversity and aware of the intersections that make up South Florida and look forward to connecting Miami Beach Pride with our other partners to make a long-term impact in our community.”

“As the mission of Miami Beach Pride is to bring together members of the LGBTQ and allied communities in the spirit of diversity, inclusion and celebration, we wholeheartedly welcome the Miami Dolphins organization as a marquee partner in that mission,” Chairman of the Miami Beach Pride Board of Directors Bruce Horwich said.

“The addition of the stadium in our ‘Pride Lights the Night’ tribute initiative is literally a beacon in the community symbolizing unity and we look forward to celebrating with the Dolphins at our 11th annual parade and festival on April 7th.”

Miami Beach Pride is only one of several LGBTI organizations that have joined Football Unites. The Dolphins took part in the annual Miami Beach Pride Parade and Festival. In addition, they joined the Miami Beach Pride’s “Pride Lights the Night” initiative which features many buildings and structures throughout Miami-Dade lit up in rainbow colors and flying pride flags. The Dolphin’s “Hard Rock Stadium” was lit up as part of the Pride Lights the Night” as well as all throughout Miami Beach Pride.

In addition to celebrating Pride, the Pride Lights the Night” also serves as a memorial for the victims of the 2016 Pulse Orlando Shootings and serves as a figurative and literal “beacon of hope” for the community. Recording artist Josean Garcia, who is one of the survivors from the Pulse shootings “flipped the switch” to kick off the event.

By Dirk Smith