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CFL to host 1st LGBTQ event for Grey Cup weekend

For the first time in history, the CFL in partnership with You Can Play will host a party supporting the LGBTQ community on Nov. 25, the Friday night of Grey Cup Weekend.

League to promote inclusion in sport

Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge says the league is taking steps to ensure the CFL is a home for all fans. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Canadian Football League is rolling out the rainbow carpet at the Grey Cup in Toronto.

The CFL and You Can Play will host an official party supporting the LGBTQ community for the first time in CFL history, on Nov. 25 — the Friday night of Grey Cup Weekend.

The celebration, in downtown Toronto, will be powered by global law firm Baker & McKenzie, and Striker Sports Bar — Canada's first LGBTQ sports bar which opened in September.

"The Grey Cup is Canada's biggest annual party and everyone's invited," CFL commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge said in a statement. "This event is going to be a whole lot of fun, and it's another step we're taking to ensure the CFL is a home for all fans. We've made a lot of progress on LGBTQ inclusion through our partnership with You Can Play, and we're not done yet."

The CFL is leading the way, Orridge said, in being a welcoming and inclusive league.

The party will be a ticketed event and feature a midnight visit by the Grey Cup trophy.

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