Sports Illustrated Photo Captures 49ers Celebration at Gay Sports Bar

Millions of Sports Illustrated readers will get a look at a Bay Area 49er fan celebration they may not be familiar with.

By Jean Elle
|  Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013  |  Updated 11:05 AM PDT
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Millions of Sports Illustrated readers will get a look at a Bay Area 49er fan celebration they may not be familiar with. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports.

Millions of Sports Illustrated readers will get a look at a Bay Area 49er fan celebration they may not be familiar with. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports.

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Millions of Sports Illustrated readers will get a look at a Bay Area 49er fan celebration they may not be familiar with.

A photographer snapped a photo at "Hi Tops" in San Francisco's Castro District when the 49ers clinched a spot in the Super Bowl. The image captures the thrill of victory with cheers and kisses at a gay sports bar.

"Hi Tops" opened a few months ago, bartender Logan Chavarria says, "A lot of people come in and don’t even know it’s a gay bar and then we find out we have common bond."

The 49ers are definitely bringing people together.

Chavarria says being part of Super Bowl coverage in a mainstream sports magazine feels like a win for the community, "You kidding I told my mom she cried."

Owner Jesse Woodward says the photo sends a winning message "Sports fans from all walks of life and we’re all a big melting pot everyone can get along."

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