On page 48 of the sports magazine's Super Bowl preview, there is an unexpected image of two men kissing. The photo, taken by Deanne Fitzmaurice, captures "the moment the 49ers won the game which secured the team a spot in the Super Bowl." The unidentified couple was snapped at Hi Tops, a new gay sports bar in San Francisco.
"A lot of people that come in don't even know it's a gay sports bar; that's the best part," Hi Tops bartender Logan Chavarria told NBC Bay Area. "And then we find out we have a common bond."
But the photo isn't the only win for the LGBT community. Sports Illustrated also takes the time to shine the spotlight on queer football fans in the print issue.
(For more on the bar, visit Gay.net.)