ESPN was to raise a “progressive pride flag” — which includes transgender colors — at the sports network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, on Thursday, Fox News said. June 1 is the first day of Pride Month.
According to the Human Rights Organization, the progressive or “progress” flag adds white, pink, and light blue stripes to the traditional rainbow flag in order “to represent the Trans community.”
What are the details?
Fox News said ESPN’s decision to raise a Pride flag with a transgender highlight comes “only days after fellow reporters blasted ESPN broadcaster Samantha Ponder for arguing that trans women should not be competing in women’s sports.”
OutKick’s Clay Travis tweeted a screenshot of what appears to be an internal ESPN form announcing the progressive Pride flag-raising:
— Clay Travis (@Clay Travis)
The form indicates the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion event hosted by ESPN Equal was set to take place at 11 a.m. at the flagpole next to Building 9 — and that “rainbow cupcakes and lemonade will be served.”
Fox News said ESPN has held Pride flag-raisings for a number of years.
Travis added in another tweet that “this flag is not the usual gay pride flag, it’s newly designed to incorporate trans rights and feels like a direct attack on any employee who doesn’t support men in women’s sports.”
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The flag-raising is occurring just several days after Ponder was criticized in a USA Today column for defending the views of former college athlete and women’s sports advocate Riley Gaines.
“I barely said anything publicly abt this issue & I’ve had so many ppl msg me, stop me in the street to say thank you+ tell me stories abt girls who are afraid to speak up for fear of lost employment/being called hateful. It is not hateful to demand fairness in sports for girls,” Ponder tweeted.
Columnist Nancy Armour, along with several other journals, accused Ponder of promoting “plain old bigotry” for standing against trans women competing on women’s teams.
Fox News said it reached out to Travis and ESPN for confirmation of the progressive Pride flag-raising event, adding that Travis replied that “it’s real” and gave Fox News a sign-up link to the event “which contained the event’s title as well another short description of it.” Here’s the link.
ESPN declined to comment on the story, Fox News added.