Minor League Baseball is putting the major leagues to shame this year.
The organization announced Monday that 64 minor league teams will be hosting a Pride Night or event — and in the case of the Hartford Yard Goats, more than one — to celebrate and salute both LGBTQ fans and their own staff.
Vincent Pearson, director of diversity and inclusion, dedicated MiLB Pride to “building bridges to the LGBTQ community that didn’t previously exist,”
MiLB calls this “the largest documented Pride celebration in all of professional sports,” including LGBTQ-themed nights, Pride promotions, discounted tickets for local LGBTQ organizations, and more.
Some teams will also be donating a portion of their ticket sales to LGBTQ non-profit organizations in their area, according to the organization.
This effort is in partnership with two important sports-focused non-profits: You Can Play — which advocates for equality and respect for all who connect with sports — and Pride Tape, which calls itself “a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ players and fans.”
”You Can Play is grateful to be partnering with Minor League Baseball as it continues to serve as a model for diversity and inclusion,” said You Can Play president Brian Kitts, in a statement released by MiLB. “We share a commitment to growing a great sport by making locker rooms and stadiums safe for every baseball player and fan, including those in the LGBTQ community”
“Sports can bring people together and help transcend differences, said Pierson. “Launching this program is a proud moment for the game of baseball and we look forward to building on this in the future.”
You can find the complete list of teams and the nights they’re hosting a Pride celebration, plus the visiting team they’ll host, by clicking here.