Gay nights not just for major league teams

Last week I attended a preview of a local production of "Take Me Out," the story of a major league baseball player who suddenly comes out of the closet. This particular night also promoted local gay-supportive theater groups. To my pleasant surprise, along with the Playbill-style program was an insert for the Camden (NJ) Riversharks' version of gay community night. The Riversharks, part of the independent Atlantic League, are just across the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia.

The good news is it's actually listed on the schedule page at the Riversharks' website -- even the Phillies haven't done this. The bad news is the insert says the game is on Thursday, July 13th...which is actually a Tuesday. At any rate, here are the details from the insert:

LGBTA NIGHT WITH THE RIVERSHARKS! July 13 at 7:05 pm

The Riversharks are officially making baseball an LGBTA sport and we want you to join us! Come on out to Campbell's Field on July 13th as we celebrate our pride with the Philadelphia and South Jersey LGBTA communities!

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Poorya Nayerahmadi:
(856) 583-0035 (direct)
Poorya@riversharks.com

I am proud of the fact that so many of these gay nights have been in Philadelphia, thanks in huge measure to Larry Felzer. March 1st saw the second such event at a 76ers game; this coming Thursday will be the first-ever gay community night at the Flyers (I'll be there, and there are still a few tickets available, according to their Facebook page); and, of course, Phillies gay night number EIGHT will take place in August. Now it's spreading to nearby teams as well.

By the way, on the website for that "Take Me Out" production, it states that on March 14th there was a bonus: a "post-show talkback" with the Riversharks' pitching coach, Jeff Scott. That might have been interesting.

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