At the end of September, the Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers will sponsor its first ever LGBT night.
‘We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,’ Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen said in statement.
‘We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community,’ Rosen added.
Presently the details for the 27 September game are unclear, but a celebrity will throw out the first pitch. A special guest will sing, with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the national anthem.
When the game is completed, there will be fireworks and a performance by DJ Manny Lehman.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, this is a major step forward for the organization. In 2000, a lesbian couple was kicked out of the stadium for French kissing. Two fans complained they did not ‘want their kids around those kind of people.’
The team’s president eventually apologized to the couple.
In 1947 the Dodgers, then based in Brooklyn, New York, broke the league’s color barrier when Jackie Robinson played first base.