A Celebration of Pride Throughout the Old Ball Games
During the month of June cities across the country will be celebrating LGBT Pride Month. Among the celebrations, 24 MLB teams will host or have hosted LGBT Pride night. Honoring the LGBT community has not been exclusive throughout the baseball community. The Orlando City Soccer Club honored the victims of the tragic shooting that took place at the Pulse Nightclub by placing 49 rainbow-colored seats in their recently opened stadium, each seat representing one of the lives lost in the tragedy. After hosting their first ever home game at Banc of California Stadium, marred by loud homophobic chants, the LAFC and The 3252’s, the LAFC’s support group issued the following statement:
Please see below for a statement from @LAFCPrideRepub. Help us eradicate this bigotry from our stadium and our club. RT to get the message out. #lafc #lafc3252 #LAFCPrideRepublic #LGBT #Equality #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/CZ0NAELzOJ
— LAFC Pride Republic (@LAFCPrideRepub) April 30, 2018
I asked Greg Sherrell what is it about baseball that brings the LGBT community to the yard?
Sherrell stated, “First of all I think that baseball has been the most proactive in reaching out to LGBTQ fans because of the amount of home games that each team plays. Baseball more than any other sport needs to fill seats and I think they are always looking for a way to do that. In that way, I think they need to be the most inclusive and welcoming.”
Sherrell continued: “As far as why I think the LGBTQ community embraces baseball, I think it’s like any community. There’s just something about being at a baseball game. It’s the least intense and most social of the games. There are lots of opportunities to be social, spend time with family and friends, even meet new people, walk around the park and enjoy the weather. At a football game it’s all about what’s happening on the field. At a baseball game it’s really about the entire experience.”
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