LA Pride Backs Out of Dodgers' Pride Night After Team Snubs Drag Group
Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 2 MIN.
Tensions seem to be rising between the Los Angeles Dodgers and local pride groups.
The team disinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from its Pride Night celebration, and canceled the group's planned honor – because of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, no less.
As a result, LA Pride has decided to disinvite itself from the event, The Independent reported.
In a show of unity, LA Pride commented that it was "disappointed" with the team's decision to disinvite the satirical LGBTQ+ group, and announced on Thursday that they will instead turn their focus to the annual Pride parade and skip the Dodgers' Pride Night event.
"As a longstanding partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, we are very disappointed in their decision to rescind their invitation to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ... as a result and in solidarity with our community, LA Pride will not be participating in this year's Dodgers Pride Night event," the LA Pride wrote. "Pride is a fight for equality and inclusion for the entire LGBTQ+ community and we're not going to stop now."
They added, "Let's make this year's Pride celebration louder than ever."
The quick stance taken by LA Pride was met with praise by supporters
"Thank you for this response. Thank you for demonstrating true LGBTQ+ unity and pride," one person wrote. Another chimed in with, "This is the right decision. Thank you @LAPride! An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
About the rescinded invite, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence said that the "Dodgers capitulated in response to hateful and misleading information from people outside their community."
The Sisters were set to receive the Community Hero Award for their LGBTQ+ advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work.
Because of the team's decision, the Los Angeles LGBT Center recommended that the Dodgers cancel their Pride Night altogether because they are not representative of what it means to be an LGBTQ+ ally.
"The @DodgersFdn rescinded their invitation to recognize the @LADragnuns at next month's Pride Night. In return, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is demanding the Dodgers cancel their Pride Night unless they rectify this error," the Los Angeles LGBT Center tweeted.
What say you? Should they cancel the Pride Night altogether?