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BY BTL STAFF
DETROIT – The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host an LGBT Pride Day at Ford Field on Oct. 25.
The Detroit Lions will play against the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. The Chamber has secured a minimum of 1,000 tickets for LGBT Lions fans starting at $55 for upper level seating and $100 for lower level seating. Once the initial 1,000 are sold out, seating in the designated Chamber assigned sections may not be guaranteed. Assigned areas for the upper level include: 322, 323, 324 and 325. Assigned sections for lower level seating include: 100, 112 and 113. Use promocode LGBT1025 when purchasing.
Group tickets for the LGBT section will be available online through Oct. 5. However, as demand for game day tickets increases the amount of allotted seats may sell out.
DeAndre Levy, an ally Lions player, has donated 100 tickets for the event. Twenty-five tickets will be donated to each of the following LGBT organizations in southeastern Michigan: Affirmations, LGBT Detroit (formally known as KICK) and Ruth Ellis Center. The free tickets will be distributed via the chamber approximately one week prior to the game on Oct. 25th.
The Chamber’s official Pride Day shirt for the event is $15. Proceeds from the sale will benefit several local LGBT nonprofit organizations. The shirt can be purchased at http://www.booster.com/lionsprideday.
With the purchase of the Pride night T-shirt, Lions fans will be entered into a drawing to win tickets to the game and/or Lions gear. Winners will be announced Oct. 2. The chamber will also be giving away Pride items outside the arena for game attendees and is seeking out several locations for a tailgate.
The DRLGBTCC hosted three other successful pride events at local sports games including the Detroit Pistons in December 2014, the Red Wings in April and the Tigers on June 3.
“We have received a ton of support for this event. Companies, organizations and even an ally Lions Player have reached out to show support. We hope the community will come out and support us as well. This is the fourth pride night we have done within one year. We have had major successes this year and growth opportunities for next year,” said Kevin Heard, a board member for the LGBT chamber.
The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of commerce strives to break down the barriers of the LGBTQ+A community and create inclusive places where all walks of life can enjoy, build businesses and be “OUT.”
“By identifying yourself, you make the life of everyone else who is LGBT a little easier because you are a business owner standing in your truth,” Heard said. “People can’t do anything but respect that. You will have a sense of freedom and nothing can hold you back by admitting to the world it is part of who you are.”