Pride season is upon us and if you haven’t already done so, you may want to dust off those rainbow flags and pull that glitter out from storage, because we’ll be celebrating all the colors of the rainbow starting this weekend! One of the biggest LGBT+ pride festivals in the nation will take place next weekend, June 8th-9th in Los Angeles. With thousands of festival goers every year, L.A. Pride attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment and calls for a month-long celebration throughout all areas of Los Angeles.
To kick-off L.A. Pride this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their 7th Annual LGBT Night on Friday, May 31st. The Dodgers are partnering with L.A. Pride and providing a special event ticket package that includes a game ticket, an exclusive Dodger LGBT-themed duffle bag and access to the 2019 LA Pride kickoff party at Dodger Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Right Field Plaza Bar. For fans of the hit Netflix show Queer Eye, the Dodgers will welcome cast and creator David Collins as part of the LGBT Night celebration.
For the L.A. Dodgers, it is important that fans understand their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We spoke with Erik Braverman, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Broadcasting & Communication for the Dodgers:
The Dodgers is a proud franchise, given that it’s the franchise where Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. The Dodgers have long had a history of diversity and inclusion so this felt like a natural addition to our promotional and ticket packaging event several years ago. I’ve been with the Dodgers since 2009 and as an openly gay out executive, I personally feel it’s important to do something that is inclusive of the community. While we do this for one night per year, what I’m most proud of is that we have a relationship with the community now where we build and develop and cultivate a year round, authentic relationship with the community.
Braverman shares that LGBT Night is not the only day of the year that the Dodgers work to give back to the LGBT community. They donate time and money to The Trevor Project, actively engaging in their volunteer program for education and awareness. Additionally, they work with the Christopher Street West Foundation and L.A. Pride as both as sponsors and aligning their mission with their initiatives.
When asked what he thinks Dodgers feel about their continued support for the LGBT+ community, Braverman said:
If you want to succeed long term, you have to have a real connection. I think for us, the fans that are buying tickets to a commemorative night throughout the season, actually recognize that the organization cares about them and includes them. And that’s across the board—it includes our hiring packages in our front office to how we activate within our own community. And when you do that, fans reciprocate by supporting the franchise.
This year’s L.A. Dodgers LGBT Night will also feature owner and tennis legend Billie Jean King throwing the first pitch, Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky singing the national anthem, the Los Angeles LGBT Center being honored with the Community Hero Award, and a special mix of music by DJ Bowie Jane for the culminating Pride fireworks show after the game against the Phillies.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles LGBT Center which coincidentally aligns with 2019 also being the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots—the events that ignited the pride festivals we know today.
This year’s Pride night is going to be really fun! There’s going to be a little bit of everything! We’ve already surpassed our tickets in having the largest LGBT group we’ve had since having Pride night. From the graphics to the music, fans are going to feel a very fun and inclusive celebration that night.
Tickets for the L.A. Dodgers LGBT Night are still available HERE. Be a part of the L.A. Pride kick-off at Dodger Stadium
And let’s hope Kike Hernandez gives the fans a little twerking action!