Night in the forest in amazing pride demonstration

The Portland Timbers MLS team huddles in the stands with Mae from Night in the Woods to promote Pride before the game.

The Portland Timbers beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 last night, but the coolest moment came before the game even started when huge banners were hoisted in the stands to unveil an unabashed Pride show with an unlikely messenger: Mae Borowski out night in the forest. It was one of the best video game crossover revelations in recent memory, and it came amid daily reminders that one of America’s two political parties wants to outlaw queerness.

The exhibit at Major League Soccer’s Providence Park consisted of three parts. The first banner read: “From Stonewall a brick from Portland aaaaat” and referred to the 1969 riots and protest for gay rights. The second part read: “Respect our pride or expect our wrath.” Finally, night in the forest Mae rose from the crowd, trading her softball bat for the Timbers’ hatchet. “Portland is proud,” the team tweeted next to a picture of the ad just before kick-off.

2017 night in the forest is an adventure game about Mae, who returns home to her town in Rustbelt after dropping out of school. You learn about her troubled past as she reunites with old friends. There is a cult and plenty poignant personal moments. Also, everyone is an anthropomorphic animal. Mae is pansexual, but that’s not a big focus of the game. She’s just a great character and that’s one of the reasons why it’s such an amazing surprise to see her make a cameo on the Timbers’ Pride show.

“jaw drops,” tweeted The game’s artist, Scott Benson, reacts to a video of the moment from the pre-game warm-up. “I typed about five or six funny follow-ups, but I didn’t get anything. I’ve never been so close to the sport. idk folks, I’m pleased that our beloved dirtball from the bottom of the block continues to pop up in unexpected places, and also that those places are generally very good.”

The Pride Gauge comes with fresh energy as a result Republican attacks on gay and transgender rights in a number of states, including Florida, where it is recently adopted “Don’t Say Gay” Law targets queer youth. In Texas, meanwhile, the governor ordered the criminalization of parents who care for their children in a gender-affirming way. Ahead of and during this year’s Pride Month, companies like EA, Gearbox and others condemned the attacks, albeit not always as forcefully and directly as Some employees asked her to do so. The most recent of the Supreme Court tipping over from Roe v. calf has also underscored that progress on previous civil rights victories, once considered settled, is not certain.

“In any case, I support the message and the implied threat of ax violence,” Benson said tweeted. Night in the forest in amazing pride demonstration

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