Dodgers Go Gay: First LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium

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Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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The first place Los Angeles Dodgers are all set to recognize their gay, bisexual, and transgender fans at the organization's first ever LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on September 27.

If you remember, two lesbians, Danielle Goldey and Meredith Kott, were kicked out of Dodger Stadium in 2000 for kissing in public. The team, which prides itself as the first major league baseball organization to break the color barrier with the legendary Jackie Robinson, has come a long way.

The Dodgers apologized after the kissing incident, donating 5,000 free game tickets to several LGTB organizations, and have since made an "It Gets Better" video, which features manager Don Mattingly saying, "Part of being a team means respecting everyone around us."

Thirteen years after the kissing controversy, the Dodgers will have the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles singing the National Anthem and a celebrity -- probably a gay one -- throwing out the first pitch.

It would be cool if the Dodgers asked Elton John, gay icon and AIDS activist, to take the mound, considering two of his most famous, sold-out concerts took place in Dodger Stadium back in 1975.

The Dodger's first ever LGBT night should come as no surprise since co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson has long worked with the gay community after he revealed he had contracted HIV/AIDS.

Also, Johnson's 20-year-old son, E.J., recently came out publicly as a gay man.

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