Los Angeles Dodgers to host LGBT night, but it's not their first

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host an LGBT Night Out, Friday, Sept. 27, in a game against the Colorado Rockies.

LGBT Night Out at Dodger Stadium will feature a celebrity throwing out the first pitch, and a special guest will perform the national anthem with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. There will be fireworks after the game, with music by DJ Manny Lehman.

"We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season," said Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen. "We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community."

It's great that the team -- which should clinch the National League West any day now -- is promoting the event and I hope tickets sell out. However, contrary to the team's news release, this is not the first LGBT-themed event held by the Dodgers. I attended such an event nine or 10 years ago (as we reported in a 2004 story). I don't remember what it was called but I joined dozens of others who bought a ticket. The Dodgers have had three owners since, so it's possible some institutional memory was lost.

Tickets for the game range from $28 to $40 and can be bought online.

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