What Is NFL’s ‘A Night of Pride’? League Announces Third Annual Super Bowl Event

The NFL will host the third annual A Night of Pride with GLAAD presented by Smirnoff during Super Bowl week in Las Vegas.

The NFL is committed to continuing efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion as they support the LGBTQ+ community through their Night of Pride.

The league will host the third annual “A Night of Pride with GLAAD” presented by Smirnoff during Super Bowl week in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The event will feature a special live performance presented by Smartfood with singer-songwriter VINCINT.

NFL To Host Third Annual Pride Night

In a release from NFL communications on Jan. 22, the league announced that they will be holding the event once again on the Wednesday before the Super Bowl.

“A Night of Pride with GLAAD is an evening of music, cocktails, and interview-style conversations with GLAAD, a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ advocacy and cultural change,” the release states. “The NFL family and partners will gather to spotlight advances in the future of LGBTQ inclusion in professional sports as well as the NFL’s commitment to LGBTQ former and current players.”

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The red carpet will begin at 7:30 p.m. PT, with coverage across CBS Sports, GLAAD, and NFL social channels. Red carpet attendees will be met by NFL correspondent Ryan Mitchell, who will anchor coverage and interview celebrities as they kick off Super Bowl week.

A Night of Pride with GLAAD also includes a panel discussion on how inclusion in sports advances acceptance for LGBTQ people, featuring former NFL player Carl Nassib. Additional partners for the evening include Starter and Google.

“GLAAD’s partnership with the NFL is committed to creating spaces where all fans can celebrate and to growing important visibility for LGBTQ fans at the Super Bowl and all season long,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. “The third annual A Night of Pride at Super Bowl LVIII will spotlight LGBTQ leaders in sports as we work to create safe and inclusive sports environments for our community.”

The NFL will also host its second annual Pride Flag Football Clinic at Super Bowl Experience earlier in the day, working with a local center that serves LGBTQ youth. Attendees and their families will be celebrated and welcomed by NFL players and members of the National Gay Flag Football League.

“Our Third Annual A Night of Pride with GLAAD is yet another strong step to accelerating acceptance and demonstrating the NFL’s unwavering support of the LGBTQ community,” NFL Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Jonathan Beane said. “We look forward to continuing and strengthening our efforts to ensure football is for everyone.”

According to the NFL’s website, the league provides financial support and collaboration with a host of different organizations that serve the LGBTQ community, including GLAAD, the Trevor Project, Athlete Ally, the National Gay Flag Football League, and Covenant House.

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