It may have taken 13 years but the Dodgers make good on a promise to the LGBT community. The team hosted the first annual LGBT night at the stadium, Friday, and former Dodger Billy Bean threw out the first pitch. He was the second MLB player who revealed his homosexuality.
Kicking off the night singing the national anthem, Amber Riley from the show "Glee", backed up by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
The night had deep meaning, thirteen years ago, a lesbian couple was kicked out of the ballpark for kissing during the game. After threatening to sue, the team apologized, gave out free tickets to the LGBT community and promised to hold a night to host the community.
LGBT organizer Ray Araujo says, "that was a different world, look at what the numbers are now, gay marriage is legal in California." He added, "you could always say things could have happened sooner but things also happen at the right time and this night is just awesome."
Nsync singer Lance Bass and other prominent guests were out to support.
Bass says, "I think everyone puts a lot of people into stereotypes and this might break the mold tonight when you actually see a lot of true blue sports fans here who happen to be gay also. "
Even Mr. Dodger himself welcomed the night, Tommy LaSorda says, "we're happy to have them out here that's all I feel like, they're good fans they're good people and I'm glad that many of them are going to be here."
Dodger fans say, times have changed for the better.
Leslie Shrager, fan, "The Dodgers have come a long way, America has come a long way i'm really happy everyone is out here tonight it's a really important night to be recognized and to be inclusive."
Alex Sawelson, fan, says, "I'm really glad we're taking the initiative and moving forward in the baseball community as well as the world."
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