Some Major League Baseball teams host their LGBT community nights by selling some tickets in a section for a game, printing a flyer and calling it a day. Other teams go the extra three miles.
The Los Angeles Dodgers definitely fit into the more-embracing category. Every year it seems they try to do more to make the LGBT community center-stage that night. This year they are honoring many LGBT people in sports across Southern California, including Los Angeles Galaxy player Robbie Rogers, former NBA player Jason Collins, aspiring NFL player Michael Sam, women's college basketball coach Julie Shaw, and former college football player Mitch Eby. Of course, Dodgers executive Erik Braverman, who came out publicly last year, will be directing much of the activity in his marketing role with the team.
Plus, singing the national anthem will be former NFL player Esera Tuaolo, who has sung the national anthem at various NFL and NBA games. And various LGBT-sports groups will be featured, including the Sports Equality Foundation, Varsity Gay League and West Hollywood's gay sports bar, Gym.
"We are proud to work with so many incredible partners for our fourth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium," said Dodger executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen. "We are committed to providing a friendly environment to all who reflect the great community of which we are a part. The Dodgers, with a proud history of diversity, recognize the value of an inclusive environment."
You can purchase tickets to LGBT Night for anywhere from $36 to $120. Everyone who buys a ticket will also get an exclusive Dodgers LGBT tank top (in the pic above). The Dodgers play the Atlanta Braves that night.