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ECS explains their Pride Day tifo

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Emerald City Supporters have put together some rather awesome displays over the years. But none of them contained a message quite as powerful as Saturday's tifo in honor of Pride Week.

The display was conceived by Pride of the Sound, the ECS subgroup for LBGTQA members, and was the product of more than 60 volunteers volunteering to help paint it and cut the cards. Here's what they said about it:

Saturday's Pride display "Emerald City, We are Here" comes at a time when many in the LGBT community feel afraid. Reeling from a recent event in Orlando, many of us feel that it's time to hide away. Not so, says the ECS. We are here! From the stands in upper 122 holding up cards to make the pride flag, we see support. From the stands in the lower 122 flying the rainbow ECS crest, we know that ECS signals its love for the LGBT community. Throughout 121 and 123, our family raises rainbow scarves to show their team their love. Somewhere, over the rainbow, we've found our home. After all, don't all Friends of Dorothy want to be in the Emerald City?

There's more about the thinking behind the tifo as well as information about Pride of the Sound on the ECS website.