Yankees to Launch LGBT Initiative in 2019

The New York Yankees are the only Major League Baseball team to not host an LGBT Pride Night. However, this will change as they announced an LGBT initiative that will begin in 2019, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall Riots, commonly held to be the incipient stage of the fight for LGBT rights, took place on June 28, 1969, in retaliation to the frequent arrests of gay men in the 1960s and preceding decades, specifically the arrests that took place in Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The riots lasted six days as bar owners and patrons protested the unfair treatment of LGBT people by the police. Afterwards, many LGBT people stood up to the persecution that they and many others faced, which led to the advancements of LGBT rights to this day.        

Through this initiative, the Yankees will honor and recognize historic LGBT figures and acknowledge the contributions that the LGBT community has made towards the advancement of a more egalitarian society.

The Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative will be held on June 17-26, 2019. This initiative, that will give out $10,000 in scholarships to students from each of the five boroughs of Manhattan, hopes to encourage LGBT students and their allies to chase their goals.

h/t: Usatoday.com, history.com

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