The New York Mets announced this week that they will be holding an LGBT Pride Night this baseball season. This is the first event of its kind hosted by a major sports team in New York.
It is estimated that over 5,000 members of the LGBT community will attend the event in Citi Field stadium.
LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick said in the news release: “Bullying is still a major-league problem for LGBT youth. Over 82 percent report being verbally and physically harassed in the past year. It’s not only the school hallways where our young people report feeling unsafe, but also on the ballfield. We are grateful and thankful to Major League Baseball for taking the lead in professional sports, including the LGBT community in its diversity priorities and initiatives. As a lifelong Mets fan, I am proud that the New York Mets are not only the defending National League champions but the champion of the New York sports world in making sure that everyone is welcomed and celebrated at Citi Field.”
The Mets executive vice president, Lou DePaoli also added: “New York is the most diverse and inclusive city in the world, and the Mets welcome all fans throughout the season. We are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community on Pride Night at Citi Field.”
Other major baseball teams have already taken this initiative, such as the Pride Night held last year in Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. So we are happy to see that the Mets are jumping on the bandwagon to help support the LGBT community in New York.