PHILADELPHIA, PA — (01-07-22) — The Philadelphia 76ers continued their tradition of celebrating Philadelphia’s Annual Pride Night on January 3 at the Wells Fargo Center. The celebration took place during the victory celebration win over the Houston Rockets by a score of 133-113.

During the game’s half-time segment, The Sixers recognized Philadelphia Gay News and publisher Mark Segal on center court. The premier issue of Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) was released on January 3, 1976.

Mike Goings, Vice President of Social Responsibility & Fan Development told PGN…“When we host Pride Night each year, we use it as an opportunity to tie the event to a moment in history or a local influencer in the LGBTQ+ community,” Mike Goings, Vice President of Social Responsibility & Fan Development, told PGN. “Mark Segal and Philadelphia Gay News are pioneers in the LGBTQ+ community and media both in Philadelphia and nationwide, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate their 46th anniversary of excellence in that space.” said Goings.

According to PGN, “The game, 6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph rang the opening bell, and throughout the evening Sixers mascot Franklin donned a More Color, More Pride rainbow cape as Pride flags were paraded throughout the court. During the halftime celebration, a video celebrating LGBTQ history was played for the audience.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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