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MLS side Orlando City apologise for banning LGBTQ+ fans banner for using word 'Gay'

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Orlando City have been forced to apologise after the leadership of their women's team, Orlando Pride, banned a banner for using the word "Gay".The Black Swans fan group created the banner and displayed it at the club's Exploria Stadium home as part of a protest against Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill.

The bill is awaiting governor Ron DeSantis' signature, but many believe that it is a clear step backward in LGBTQ+ rights.Both the men's and women's teams at Orlando have long championed LGBTQ+ rights, even issuing statements condeming the "Don't Say Gay" legislation.

But they faced fierce criticism at the weekend after the Pride removed a Black Swans banner that carried the word "Gay" ahead of the NWSL Challenge Cup clash with Washington Spirit.The group posted a statement on social media in which they alleged that the Pride had moved the banner on "political" grounds.

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