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White Sox to host first LGBTQ Pride night and give away rainbow sunglasses

Game day is Aug. 31 vs. the Red Sox.

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The White Sox will hold Pride night Aug. 31.
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The Chicago White Sox will hold their first team-sponsored Pride night for their LGBTQ fans Friday Aug. 31 against the Boston Red Sox.

“We are committed to sharing White Sox baseball with everyone who loves the game and the team,” said White Sox Vice President of Community Relations Christine O’Reilly. “While we are celebrating the LGBTQ community on one day in the ballpark, our ‘BasebALL: One Game for All’ campaign seeks to create a space that is accepting and welcoming for all fans of the game, all season long.”

In the past, the White Sox offered discount tickets to raise money for Equality Illinois’ “Pride Night: OUT at the Sox,” but this is the first time the team is designating a specific game as Pride night.

Fans can buy discount tickets, which gets them a pair of rainbow-colored sunglasses and a pass to a 6:15 p.m. pregrame parade at Guaranteed Rate Field. The game starts at 7:10 p.m.

“Fans also will have the opportunity to check in through the MLB Ballpark app on Pride night to receive a White Sox rainbow flag while supplies last. Fans can redeem this check-in offer at the Revolution Brewing #SoxSocial Tap Room.” the team said. The team is partnering with the You Can Play Project for the event.

The White Sox are one of 24 Major League Baseball teams to hold a Pride night this season. In history, only the Angels and Yankees have never held an event keyed to LGBTQ fans, though the Angels are expected to host one next season.