GOOD

The New England Patriots Will Sponsor The Gay Bowl This Fall

The Pats become the first NFL team to support the annual flag football tournament

Image via NGFFL

Since 2002, the best teams in the National Gay Flag Football League have gathered from around the country to crown a Gay Bowl champion. For the first time ever, they’ll have an NFL team supporting them while they do it.


The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will become the first NFL team to sponsor the annual event. The Pats and their owner Bob Kraft have long been supporters of LGBTQ rights, going so far as to sign an amicus brief a few years ago that was filed in support of gay marriage in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Pats players, including wide receiver Julian Edelman, also showed support for marriage equality in the wake of that Supreme Court decision.

The NGFFL began in 2002 as a way to promote inclusion in sports and to spread a positive social message about the LGBTQ community. The very first Gay Bowl was held in April of that year in Los Angeles, with the LA Motion crushing the San Francisco 69ers by a score of 64-12. The tournament, which is now played every year on Columbus Day weekend, has now grown to nearly 40 North American teams and also features a women’​s division.

But, even as the tournament has expanded, a couple teams have taken control of the competition. The San Diego Bolts have claimed the open division title five straight years, while a team from Denver has won every women’s championship.

Boston will host this year’s Gay Bowl, so maybe we’​ll see some Patriots execs in attendance to show their support for the league and the event.

Sports
via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

Keep Reading
Communities
via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

Keep Reading
Business
via Haldean Brown / Flickr

In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

Keep Reading
Health