ESPN has announced that it will raise a transgender pride flag at its Connecticut headquarters on Thursday in celebration of Gay Pride Month, and OutKick’s Clay Travis blasted the network for a “direct attack” on any employee who might disagree with the transgender agenda.
Travis shared a screenshot of ESPN’s announcement on its website that it was raising what it is calling the “ESPN Equal” flag.
“ESPN will host a trans pride flag raise on campus tomorrow as part of pride month. It comes as the company advocates for men to play in women’s sports and refuses to support @samponder, who was called a bigot for supporting women only in women’s sports,” Travis wrote.
“This flag is not the usual gay pride flag, it’s newly designed to incorporate trans rights and feels like a direct attack on any employee who doesn’t support men in women’s sports,” he added.
This flag is not the usual gay pride flag, it’s newly designed to incorporate trans rights and feels like a direct attack on any employee who doesn’t support men in women’s sports.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 31, 2023
Travis was not exactly correct that the flag is “newly designed.”
The flag appears to be the Progress Pride Flag which was created in 2018 by so-called “non-binary” artist Daniel Quasar, that incorporates several “pride” flags together, including the transgender flag, the LGBT flag, and brown and black stripes for gay communities of color, all to represent “inclusion and progression.”
As to an “attack” on its employees, Travis is referring to ESPN personality Samantha Ponder’s recent support to maintain the integrity of women’s sports by banning men who claim to be transgender “women” from competing in women’s sports.
Ponder came under attack by the leftist sports media for several tweets in which she supported women’s sports activist Riley Gaines and others who were working to advance legislation to keep men out of women’s sports.
I barely said anything publicly abt this issue & I’ve had so many ppl msg me, stop me in the street to say thank you+ tell me stories abt girls who are afraid to speak up for fear of lost employment/being called hateful. It is not hateful to demand fairness in sports for girls https://t.co/teNoMDWNW4
— Samantha Steele Ponder (@samponder) May 25, 2023
Unsurprisingly, for instance, ultra-leftist sports columnist Nancy Armour raced to her keyboard to call Ponder a “bigot” for advocating for fairness in women’s sports.
Ponder, though, is not baking off. On Wednesday, she tweeted, “Biology is not bigotry. Loving people does not require the absence of boundaries.”
Biology is not bigotry. Loving people does not require the absence of boundaries.
— Samantha Steele Ponder (@samponder) May 31, 2023
Ponder is not the only ESPN on-air employee to speak out in support of Riley Gaines.
ESPN broadcaster Sage Steele has also expressed opposition to transgenders in women’s sports.
Are there any other women with public platforms willing to stand up for @Riley_Gaines_ & the millions of female athletes?? Or do we only stand up for those who fit certain narratives??
LADIES, WHERE ARE YOU?
Media…Hollywood…hello?!?! We MUST come together on this!! https://t.co/lxONhYkm3L
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) April 7, 2023