The St. Louis Cardinals will feature Lance Berkman at the club’s “Christian Day” on Sunday, July 30. Berkman has been an outspoken opponent of the LGBT community, was one of the faces of the campaign against Houston’s equal-rights ordinance, and said that tolerance is what is destroying America. Not terrorism, not civil unrest, not the national debt. Tolerance.
The team has no LGBT or Pride Night planned, but one source with the team told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they are thinking about having one this year or next year.
The PrideCenter in St. Louis released this statement to Outsports via co-chair Landon Brownfield:
"Pride St. Louis is disappointed by the decision of the St. Louis Cardinals to provide a public platform for Berkman, an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBTQ+ are divisive and demeaning. We know that the Cardinals can do better, and we want to extend an offer to help them by co-organizing their official LGBT Pride Night at Busch Stadium. Let's work together to promote love, diversity, and inclusion."
Despite the Cardinals’ claims of reaching out to local LGBT groups, Brownfield said he knew of no contact between PrideCenter and the team.
The team’s atmosphere for LGBT people came into focus when former Minor League ballplayer Tyler Dunnington revealed that he had heard some very negative comments about gay people from players in the Cardinals Minor League system.
Attendees of “Christian Day” are asked to support military families by bringing food and other grocery items to donate.
For more St. Louis Cardinals news, visit Viva El Birdos.