Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying
The LGBT Network and the New York Mets are celebrating the 2nd Annual “Pride Night at Citi Field”, on Saturday, June 17th ( 4:10pm game) that creates an exciting, memorable experience for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members and allies.
Last year, The Mets made Citi Field a true home for the LGBT Community. From Rainbow Flags flying over the stadium, to openly gay former Major League player Billy Beanthrowing out the first pitch, to honoring an LGBT Veteran between innings during the game with a US Flag presentation by Mets Pitcher and Long Island native, Steven Matz. For the first time ever, the “Kiss Cam” featured same-sex couples to thunderous applause.
Bean says the Mets are sending “a great message not only to their fans, but for all of baseball.”
Pride Night at Citi Field was widely recognized both locally and nationally and has become an empowering event for our community. Lou DePaoli, the Mets’ executive vice president and chief revenue officer, calls New York a “diverse and inclusive city”, and says “we are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community.” A portion of the ticket sales will go to help fund the LGBT Network’s safe schools initiative which promotes anti-bullying efforts in Long Island and Queens.
Starting at 1:30pm the LGBT Network will host a pre-game, rally and mini pride festival in Mets Plaza, outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda Main Gate. Various entertainers will perform and will be able to meet and greet fellow community members and Mets fans.
Tickets are now available! The first 800 ticket purchasers via www. lgbtnetwork.org/pridenight will get a free tee-shirt and will be invited on the field to join in the pre-game festivities during the National Anthem!