Fans wonder where why the team doesn't have a "straight" night.
Like San Diego’s “Out at the Park,” the Boston Red Sox has a Pride night and they celebrated it on Thursday night with LGBT fans and allies. They painted their pitching mound with a rainbow logo and documented the whole thing on social media.
Professional sports teams have been trying to be more inclusive with their LGBT fanbase by holding Pride events like these. In baseball, 24 MLB teams out of 30 have nights that celebrate the community according to Outsports.
As accepting of these events as most people are, there are some who resent them, and social media seems to be the place for people to criticize.
For instance, some people who commented on the Red Sox event were not polite and filled the Instagram comments section with questions and insensitive statements:
Here are some examples from Outsports:
Wait when’s the straight night?
So we gonna have a straight night now too?
Can we please start a straight white male club already?
I don’t agree with celebrating pride. You don’t see all the straight people in the world running around with their own flag and special events and nights. And if they did well I can’t say I’d support that either! I don’t dislike gay people at all. Just the fact that some of them need to rub it in the whole world and face all the time! So I’m not homophobic at all.
We watch baseball for the game not to politicize someone’s choice of who they date or marry. How about the Red Sox promote real marriage between a man and a woman also if they are going to do the other.
Where’s the pride night for normal, married men and women that have children and are a family? It’s a two-way street.
As a storied and highly successful organization, this is quite possibly the WORST promotion you have ever ran.
LGBT fans, of course, came to the rescue, responding to the comments:
"Straight night is every other damn night in your life. Get over it," posted one.
"sad to see so many negative comments but honestly not surprised. cry harder homophobes," said one subscriber who added, "also thank you red sox. i’m proud to be a fan. but very disappointed in other so called fans."
Said another: "Really sad that Red Sox fan are that close minded... you don’t have to like it but you don’t have to comment negatively."
Pride nights like the ones in MLB help create acceptance and move society forward past bigotry and hate. They also promote community participation and visibility which in the long run leads to unity and ultimately natural inclusiveness.