There are a lot of stories and memorable moments from the Christopher Street West/L.A. Pride events this weekend, but this one is special. Pro football linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo—the genuinely nice guy recipient of CSW’s George Moscone Ally Award—left the confines of the VIP “holding” area to meet members of L.A. Flag Football the gay football team. Ayanbadejo showed off the 2012 Super Bowl ring he won playing with the Baltimore Ravens (he’s now a free agent) and joked with the guys who invited him to play football with them anytime: “I only play for a million dollars,” he said. “We can raise that,” countered an LAFF member.
CSW is honoring Ayanbadejo for “repeatedly and steadfastly” advocating for LGBT rights. “In an industry known for discrimination towards LGBT people, both with players and many fans, Ayanbadejo has risked his popularity amongst many by supporting the rights of a few.”