Welcome to Fag Football! Buffalo Bills Create LGBTQ Football League!

Written by Michael Collins.

On Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills announced the launch of a Buffalo chapter of the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). This effectively creates a segregated league consisting solely of LGBTQ+ players or those willing to adhere to their guidelines. The timing of the announcement aligns conveniently with Pride Month, celebrated from June 1 through June 30.

“We are thrilled to bring inclusive flag football to Buffalo with the support of the Buffalo Bills,” said NGFFL Commissioner Joel Horton in a press release. He emphasized that this new chapter joins 27 other cities and includes over 4,000 players, among them straight allies, participating in the National Gay Flag Football League.

The Bills, joining other NFL teams like the Giants, Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, Bears, Commanders, and Seahawks, are pushing the boundaries of inclusion by establishing a flag football league exclusively for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Because a person’s perverted sexual behavior is a requirement to play football? I wonder if you have to prove you’re gay by sodomizing your teammate in front of the coaches.

Aiming for Unity Through Sports

“Our mission is to unite the community through the spirit of competition while celebrating our diversity,” Horton remarked. He added, “By fostering an environment where everyone is welcome, we aim to build a stronger, more inclusive Buffalo.”

The NGFFL hosts several notable events, including the annual Gay Bowl, Sin City Classic, Pride Cup, and Pride Bowl. Since its establishment in 2002, the NGFFL has aimed to use flag football as a tool to educate, change attitudes, promote self-discovery, and build self-esteem within the LGBTQ+ community and the broader communities in which LGBTQ+ individuals live and work.

Participants in NGFFL activities must adhere to and support the league’s vision and nondiscrimination policy. All member organizations are expected to prioritize serving the LGBTQ+ community.

Embracing Diversity or Creating Division?

While the Bills’ support for the NGFFL aims to promote inclusion, it has sparked a debate about whether creating a segregated league is the right approach. Proponents argue that such leagues provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ athletes. They believe that by focusing on inclusivity within their community, they can foster a sense of belonging and unity.

Critics, however, view this move as divisive. They question the need for a separate league and argue that true inclusivity means integrating LGBTQ+ players into existing leagues rather than segregating them. The debate highlights the ongoing struggle to balance inclusivity with unity in sports and other areas of society.

Our Take

The Buffalo Bills’ decision to support an LGBTQ+ exclusive flag football league raises important questions about the best way to achieve inclusivity. While the intention is to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ athletes, segregating leagues could inadvertently create further divisions. True progress may lie in fostering inclusive environments within existing structures, promoting unity without separating individuals based on their identities.

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