To commemorate the 2013 International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17th each year, supporter groups for the three Cascadian MLS football teams, the Timbers Army and 107th, Vancouver Southsiders and Seattle Gorilla FC each conveyed strong anti-homophobia messages through several massive TIFO displays.
The first, by Portland Timbers fans was displayed in their home match against Chivas USA on Sunday, May 12th, and included hundreds of participants declaring ‘Pride, not Prejudice’ and was quickly followed by supporters from both Seattle and Vancouver BC in their matches the following weekend, who each had banners displayed the fronts of their sections, several aisles wide.
In addition, large rainbow and normal Cascadian flags were also spotted at the recent Portland Thorns match when they played off against the Seattle Reign, showing a growing Cascadian representation in other sport competitions besides the Cascadia Cup rivalry.
The TIFO display help to uphold the regions progressive reputation, and is a great example of how the values of Cascadian soccer clubs and supporters continue transcend that of a mere sports rivalry.
Photograph credit for the Rainbow Doug flag goes to @sierrapdx who created and snapped the wonderful pic.