The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that players will be wearing individual hats in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 3rd.
In recent years, MLB has made a concerted effort to include LGBTQ+ baseball fans, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown pride in their local LGBTQ+ community with their annual celebration of Pride Night.
This June marks two historic firsts for the Dodgers: On June 3, the team will debut custom hats for their Pride Night game at Dodgers Stadium. On June 11, the Dodgers and Giants will take the field at Oracle Park in their respective pride hats, a first in MLB history.
The Dodgers have teamed up with LA Pride to offer an exclusive Pride Night package that includes a ticket to the game and a Dodgers jersey with an LGBTQ+ design.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to write LGBTQ+ sport history this June with Pride Night
According to LA Pride, some Dodgers icons who paved the way for the LGBTQ+ community in the sporting world will be honored at this year’s Pride Night.
Ahead of their June 3 game, the Dodgers will recognize former Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Glenn Burke as the first openly gay player in MLB.
The Dodgers will host Billy Bean, another former Dodger outfielder who was the only other MLB to come out publicly. Bean did this after his playing career ended in 1995. Bean now serves as MLB’s SVP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and is also the Special Assistant to the Commissioner.
Bean’s presence has made a difference in MLB, spearheading initiatives such as the league-wide celebration of Spirit Day on October 21, a day that sheds light on how bullying affects LGBTQ+ youth.
Los Angeles continues a long tradition of pioneering events for the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, it was LA Pride that “organized the world’s first legal gay rights parade on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion.”
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