LA Pride 2018: LA Dodgers to host LGBT Night

ELYSIAN PARK — For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the official kickoff party for LA Pride with its sixth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium June 8, the Dodgers said today.

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

Former Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott, who also is the first baseball umpire to publicly identify as gay, will throw out the first pitch.

Scott came out three years ago.

Brian Justin Crum, who also identifies as gay and finished fourth on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016, will sing the National Anthem.

Everyone purchasing a specific Dodgers’ LGBT Night ticket will receive a this Dodgers pride shirt. Photo: LA Dodgers.

Everyone purchasing a specific LGBT Night ticket will receive a Dodgers pride shirt. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.

Varsity Gay League founder Will Hackner will receive a Dodgers Community Hero Award at the game.

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy also is expected to attend the event.

The Dodgers have four partners for the event:

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

The Dodgers’ LGBT Night last year was the most attended Pride Night in sports history, selling about 7,000 tickets.

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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.