Matt Bomer Will Throw the Opening Pitch at the L.A. Dodgers’ Annual LGBT Night
For the fifth year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host their annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 9. More than a baseball game, the event is slated to be a star-filled celebration, featuring the likes of Golden Globe-winning actor Matt Bomer, The Real O’Neals‘ Noah Galvin, Scandal‘s Guillermo Diaz as well as Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s landmark case that overturned California’s Proposition 8 and restored marriage equality to the state.
For the first time ever, the Dodgers have partnered with L.A. Pride, and this annual LGBT Night will itself act as the official kickoff party for Pride 2017. (The weekend-long celebration takes place June 10-11 in West Hollywood.) This is one of a few ‘firsts’ for L.A. Pride, as it was announced back in March that L.A. Pride would be replacing its annual Sunday parade with the #ResistMarch. The march was inspired by the women’s marches that took place following Donald Trump’s inauguration, and Hornet, the world’s premier gay social network, will be the information platform for those looking to resist.
Bomer, the openly gay actor most recently seen on American Horror Story: Hotel aside Lady Gaga — who has three sons with his husband, publicist Simon Halls — will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the game. Galvin, Diaz, Katami and Zarrillo are scheduled special guests, along with Billy Bean, Major League Baseball Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, and Brian Pendleton, the founder of L.A. Pride’s #ResistMarch.
“As a former Dodger, I could not be prouder of their leadership in LGBT inclusion throughout baseball,” Bean says about the Dodgers. “I hope the LGBT community in Los Angeles will take advantage of this incredible evening with a huge turnout and celebration of unity.”
The National Anthem at the Dodgers annual LGBT Night will be performed by Dot Marie Jones, best known for her three consecutive Emmy nominations for her work on Glee as trans football coach Shannon Beiste. The Gay Men’s Chorus and The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanying her.
And what’s a gay event without fireworks? For the third consecutive year, the night will feature Friday Night Fireworks and music by George Figares and DJ Blacklow. Immediately following the game, fans are invited onto the field for the fireworks show.
Those interested in attending LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium can purchase a ticket package now — it includes a game ticket and an exclusive Dodger LGBT T-shirt — at dodgers.com/LGBT.