The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-invited drag and non-profit activist group The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to the team’s upcoming Pride Night, following a public outcry Dodgers rescinded initial invitation to group for the event.
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincere apologies [Sisters]members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and family,” the team said in a statement.
The sisters have agreed to “take their place on the field” for Dodgers Pride Night and accept the Community Hero Award that they originally received in recognition of “the life-saving work they’ve done tirelessly over the decades.” was being given Added.
“In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen those relationships, and to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.” use our platform.” End of statement.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a global non-profit organization founded in 1979 at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, is known for its activist work and depictions of Catholic nuns.
“We, the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, are proud to accept the Community Hero Award from the Los Angeles Dodgers for our twenty-seven years of service to the LGBTQIA2S community,” the sisters wrote on Facebook.
“The Dodgers staff provided us with a full apology and explanation, which we accept,” Sisters continued. “We believe that the apology is sincere.”
The Dodgers rescinded the sisters’ invitation last week after conservative pushback from Catholic groups and even Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who sent a letter to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying “to honor the sisters” There will be outrage and tragedy”.
The Dodgers, citing “the strong feelings of those who have been hurt by the Sisters’ involvement in our evening, and in an effort not to detract from the great benefits we have seen over the years of Pride Night,” Then announced. Deleted tweet since he decided to “delete” [the Sisters] From this year’s group of honorees.
The move comes amid a push by several Republican-led states to pass anti-drag lawfueling outrage from LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations.
“At a time when drag performers are under attack across the country — including in state legislatures and in some cases requiring armed escorts to protect them from far-right extremists — the Dodgers’ actions are disappointing and leave thousands of LGBTQ+ fans disappointed who have supported him throughout the years, said Tony Hoang, executive director of the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Equality California.