More than two dozen Los Angeles County state lawmakers expressed disappointment with the LA Dodgers for withdrawing the invitation of the LGBTQ group of 10j Next month the annual Pride Night event.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of self-proclaimed “lesbian and trans nuns,” were honored with the team’s Community Hero Award.
Instead, they were omitted from the June 16 event after the prom club received backlash from Tories, prompting the Los Angeles LGBT Center to opt out of the event as well.
“As the LA Dodgers prepared to host an event centered around inclusion, they chose to exclude a well-known LGBTQ+ organization with a rich history of philanthropy and community involvement,” the Los Angeles County delegation said. , which consists of 39 members from the state of California. Senate and state assembly, it said in a statement Friday. “These are values that should be celebrated, not suppressed.”
Despite their charitable work, the sisters’ use of Roman Catholic imagery has alarmed some, including Catholic organizations and Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who have written a letter of complaint to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
“Do you think the Los Angeles Dodgers are being ‘inclusive and welcoming’ by awarding a group of gay and transgender people who deliberately mock and insult Christians—not just Christians, but also nuns, who dedicate their lives to serving others? ?” Rubio wrote.
In response to Rubio and others, the Dodgers decided to withdraw the group invitation.
“Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ involvement in our night, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we have decided to removing them from this year’s cohort. of honorees,” the Dodgers said in a statement.
In its decision to pull out of Pride Night in solidarity with the sisters, the LGBT center asked the Dodgers to reconsider their decision or cancel the event.
“Any organization that turns its back on LGBT people at this devastating and dangerous turning point in our nation’s history should not fly the rainbow flag or host Pride Night,” the center said in a statement Thursday. In recent years.”
As of Friday, it was unknown if the Dodgers organization was considering either of these options.