Skip to comments.New York Yankees called out as only MLB team that hasnít held or announced an LGBTQ Pride Night
Posted on 07/09/2018 2:41:21 PM PDT by TBP
One might assume that hailing from New York City the undisputed bastion of diversity and lifestyle acceptance a world-famous sports franchise such as the Yankees long ago wouldve sponsored an LGBTQ Pride Night at its iconic stadium.
But it hasnt.
And since Forbes reported that the Los Angeles Angels will hold a Pride Night next June, the Yankees are now the only Major League Baseball team that hasnt sponsored such an event or announced its intention of doing so.
According to Outsports, 24 of the 30 MLB teams have Pride events on this seasons calendars.
The Chicago Cubs had June 10 on its schedule, the outlet said, and are planning an encore Pride Night on Aug. 26. Most MLB teams held Pride events in June, which is LGBT pride month.
Outsports also noted which squad boasted the earliest Pride Night the Padres on April 27 and that the National League West is the only division with all five teams having Pride events this season. The outlet also offered a list of every MLB teams Pride night status.
What did a gay NYC elected official have to say? Pride Nights are really important to show the LGBTQ community that they are just as welcome as anyone else, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson the first openly gay man to hold that position, CBS News reported told the station in a statement. The Yankees are one of the most famous sporting teams in the world. They should be leading by example.
What did a GLAAD official have to say? As a lifelong Yankees fan, some of my favorite memories growing up are with my family at the games, Rich Ferraro, GLAADs chief communications officer, also told CBS News in a statement, and when I came out, it would have meant the world to me to see the Yankees recognize my community.
While the Bronx Bombers have participated in GLAADs Spirit Day Campaign to support LGBTQ youth, Ferraro told the station that an LGBTQ Pride Night at Yankee Stadium would be a big deal for LGBTQ fans.
Though the Yankees have a history of being supportive of LGBTQ people, a LGBTQ Pride Night is a major moment to make sure all fans feel included in the game, he told WCBS.
More from the station:
The Yankees crosstown rival, the New York Mets, first held a Pride celebration during the 2016 season the first of its kind among any Big Apple sports teams, the Mets said at the time.
David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network, was the first person to pitch the idea of Pride Night to the Mets, according to NBC News, and he said he tried to do the same with the Yankees, despite being a lifelong Mets fan.
Its not only LGBTQ events, though the Yankees have mostly avoided promotions with an ethnic or cultural flavor, the New York Times noted last year.
The Yankees did not respond to CBS News request for comment, but a team spokesman told the Times that while the Yankees have chosen to refrain from holding a gay pride event at Yankee Stadium, there has been involvement behind the scenes.
Everyone of every nationality, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation and/or preference is welcome at Yankee Stadium every day, Jason Zillo told the Times in a 2017 statement. We are a long-term believer in diversity and inclusion, and have always looked to create a safe and supportive environment for all fans to enjoy their experience here.
Major League Baseball entered a float in the NYC Pride March for the first time in the events 49-year history, WCBS reported, adding that the MLB joined the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, WNBA, and National Womens Hockey League there.
The station said Outsports dubbed the NYC Pride March as the sportiest Pride March ever.
That’s what I’d call a Yankee Doodle Dandy decision!!
Nice to have a team or league stand up for traditional values!!!
Whats there to be proud of?
They play in The Bronx, it's a whole different thing.
What does sodomy have to do with baseball ?
We need to contact them to SUPPORT their lack of support for perversion.
Pitchers and catchers.
I predicted years ago that in order to be in the military or keep your civilian job you would need to not only agree with LGBTQ being okay, you would be required to celebrate it. I think we’re there. However, I think we’re going through a cultural hysteria and less than fifty years from now the pendulum will have swung back. Masculine men and attractive women will be back in style.
I walked right into that one.
Good question. Gays love the Jets because they have Tight Ends and they all suck, but why baseball?
“Major League Baseball entered a float in the NYC Pride March for the first time in the events 49-year history”
I wonder if all the float riders were switch hitters or just pitchers and catchers...
No LGBTQ event? Good for them! If I were to watch MLB, guess the Yankees would be my favorite team.
Ive just flown in from California, where theyve made homosexuality legal. I thought Id get out before they make it mandatory. - Bob Hope
Yep, that was a hanging curve ball over the middle of the plate.
bullsnit. every night is LGBTQ night at yankmee stadium.
Oh I’m sure they will make a public apology very soon. Gay Nazism is very powerful in the USA right now.
Rainbow Fascism F/ and die!
It’s New York. Everyday is LGBTQ Pride Day.
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