In an era of increasingly widespread acceptance of gay athletes in sports, Portland Timbers fans know all too well the pain that can be caused by intolerance.

Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson was recently the target of a homophobic slur uttered by San Jose Earthquakes striker Alan Gordon.

So perhaps with that incident in mind, as well as in honor of International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, Timbers fans organized an impressive display against homophobia before the team's matchup with Chivas USA.

Portland's fan group, the Timbers Army, organized a "tifo," or a collective demonstration of support. A sea of rainbow colored flags, along with several signs (like the one below), went up before game time at Jeld-Wen Field.

Kudos to the Timbers, undoubtedly one of the classiest fan bases in sports, for organizing such a powerful display against homophobia.

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(H/T to For The Win)