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Los Angeles Dodgers to host 7th annual LGBT Night

Los Angeles Dodgers LGBT Night

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their seventh annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium May 31 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced today. Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers.

ELYSIAN PARKThe Los Angeles Dodgers will host their seventh annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium May 31 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced today.

The event also will be the official 2019 LA Pride kickoff party. LA Pride will take place from June 7 to 9 in West Hollywood.

Preceding the Dodger-Phillies game, a kickoff party will take place from 5:30 to 7:10 p.m. in the Right Field Plaza Bar.

Everyone purchasing a specific Dodger LGBT Night ticket will receive a Dodgers LGBT-themed duffle bag. Tickets range from $34 to $145.

Historic ticket sales

The Dodgers have come a long way in embracing their LGBTQ fans. For example, a lesbian couple was kicked out of Dodgers Stadium in August 2000 for kissing.

Last year, the Dodgers’ LGBT Night was the most attended Pride Night in sports history, selling about 8,000 tickets.

Glenn Burke, baseball’s first openly gay player, helped create high five

Billie Jean King

Dodger owner and former tennis great Billie Jean King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Life Magazine named King one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century.” In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded king the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of her work on and off the court, which includes her activism for gender equality and LGBTQ rights.

One of the greatest

King is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She won 39 Grand Slam titles, including a record 20 Wimbledon championships. King may be best known for defeating Bobby Riggs, 55, in one of the greatest moments in sports history, the “Battle of the Sexes,” which took place Sept. 20, 1973. At the time, King was 29 years old.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center will be recognized during pregame ceremonies with a Dodgers Community Hero Award.

About the author

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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