Friday, April 12, 2024

Los Angeles Dodgers reinstate gay 'nuns' group for Pride Night award


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that a satirical LGBTQ+ group called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be welcomed back to the team’s annual Pride night, close to rescinding its original invitation. One week later.

“We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indignities to take their positions on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16,” the team said in a statement. “We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive our collective communities gratitude for decades of tireless work.”

The group will receive a Community Hero Award at a ceremony prior to the Dodgers’ home game against the San Francisco Giants.

After a “much thoughtful response”, the team also apologized to the group and the LGBTQ+ community, friends and families.

The Sisters, a group of primarily men who dress as nuns, is a charity, protest and demonstration group founded in 1979 in San Francisco. Its Los Angeles chapter was to receive the Community Hero Award.

However, last Wednesday, the Dodgers announced they had removed the sisters from the group of Pride Night honors, citing “strong feelings of those offended” by them.

This followed a backlash from some conservative Roman Catholics and politicians, including Republican US Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who accused the group of mocking the nuns and Christianity.

The group denied that it was anti-Catholic. On its website, the group states that it “uses humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that grip the human soul.”

However, the Dodgers’ decision sparked its own backlash from LGBTQ+ groups across the country, some of whom decided to walk out of Pride Night.

On Saturday, Anaheim Mayor Ashley Aitken tweeted an invitation to the sisters to attend Los Angeles Angels Pride Night on June 7.

In their new statement, the Dodgers said they will “continue to work with LGBTQ+ partners to better educate themselves, find ways to strengthen those relationships and support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.” use our platform for.”