The NFL and MLB to march in New York Pride for the first time

The National Football League and Major League Basketball will be present at Pride for the first time later this month.

The two leagues will march at New York Pride, and as they join reps from other major sports bodies, Outsports has confirmed it will be “the sportiest Pride March ever.”

The NFL and MBA will march in New York Pride this month (Getty)

They will join the NHL, NBA and WNBA, who have all been registered to march in the parade and have floats, with Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Hockey League having employees marching also.

Outsports reports that former NFL star Ryan O’Callaghan will feature on his league’s float after publicly coming out last year, and will be joined by Wade Davis who works closely with the NFL to aid LGBTQ inclusion.

And MLB will have a huge presence, bringing along 200 employees which includes gay former umpire Dale Scott and executive and former player Billy Bean.

Former NFL star Ryan O’Callaghan came out as gay last year and will join the league on their float (NFL/Getty)

Former tennis world number one Billie Jean King has been named as one of the Grand Marshals at the Manhattan event which will take place on June 24.

NYC Pride has already been targeted by anti-LGBTQ activists who have labelled the day a “celebration of paedophilia” for putting a 10-year-old in drag at the forefront of the campaign.

Desmond Napoles, known better as Desmond is Amazing, is part of the ‘Defiantly Different’ 2018 Pride campaign.

Speaking in the campaign ad, the youngster explains that he identifies as an “androgynous drag kid” who knows he is “different.”

“I am very young and doing drag at a very young age.

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