Dodgers to host LA Pride kickoff party with 5th annual LGBT Night

Fans can purchase this T-shirt when they buy a ticket to the Los Angeles Dodgers fifth annual LGBT Night. Photo: LA Dodgers.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the official kickoff party for LA Pride with its fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on June 9 when the Dodgers will face the Cincinnati Reds.

The kickoff party will last from 5:30 to 7:10 p.m. in the Right Field Plaza Bar.

During the event, the Dodgers will recognize Southern California LGBT athletes and others in sports who have been featured on Outsports.com, a sports news website focusing on LGBT issues and personalities in amateur and professional sports.

“We are once again proud to work with so many incredible partners for our fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium,” Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “We are especially excited to partner with LA Pride for the first time ever. The Dodgers, with a proud history of diversity, recognize the value of an inclusive environment.”

LGBT Night was born after a lesbian couple were kicked out of Dodgers Stadium in August 2000 for kissing. In 2013, the Dodgers agreed to host an LGBT Night for fans.

Actress, singer and former athlete Dot Marie Jones, who played football coach Shannon Beiste on “Glee,” will sing the National Anthem, accompanied by members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Tickets range from $42 to $92 and include a special Dodgers pride T-shirt.

Fans will be allowed onto the field after the game for a fireworks display and music by George Figares and DJ Blacklow.

Golden Globe Award winning actor Matt Bomer will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Bomer has been married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011, and the couple has three sons, including a set of twins. In 2012, Bomer and Halls received an Inspiration Award from GLSEN.

Other special guests scheduled to attend the LGBT Night:

  • Brian Pendleton (founder of the Resist March), who will also throw out a first pitch
  • Actor Noah Galvin (“The Real O’Neals”)
  • Actor Guillermo Diaz (“Scandal”)
  • Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, plaintiffs in the landmark case that wound its way to the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States and resulted in the overturning Prop. 8 and restoring marriage equality to California.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the official kickoff party for LA Pride with its fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on June 9 Photo: LA Dodgers.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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