Part of Outsports’ series on our 100 most important moments in gay sports history.
Baseball, 2000. When Danielle Goldey and Meredith Kott went to the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Aug. 8, 2000, they never imagined they'd set off a chain of events that would lead to "gay days" at pro sporting events for years to come. The happy lesbian couple smooched during said Dodgers game and were quickly surrounded by eight security guards. The security guards escorted them away allegedly saying kids should not be exposed to "those people."
The couple seethed and went to their lawyer, ready for a lawsuit. Then something unexpected happened: The Dodgers didn't simply apologized, they donated 5,000 tickets to gay-rights groups and put Goldey and Kott in seats behind home plate to make up for the lost game.
“I was troubled … because of what it implied about the Dodger organization,” team president Bob Graziano said.
With those tickets, a month later on Sept. 6, 2000, GLAAD and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center co-hosted "Gay and Lesbian Night at Dodger Stadium," which is believed to be the first "gay night" at a pro baseball game.
Most importantly, in the end the two injured parties felt great about how the situation was handled.
“I think they stepped up to the plate more than they had to,” Goldey said. “All we wanted was an apology … I’m very proud to be a Dodger fan.”
“I’m extremely happy with the results,” Kott said.
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