Part of the Orioles’ summer theme-night schedule, the night intends to cap off Pride Month in Baltimore, with LGBT guests and rainbow Orioles gear in the team store. Baltimore is one of 24 major teams to rock the rainbow this season (the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels are the only two to have never hosted an official LGBT-themed game, according to Outsports).
A limited number of LGBT VIP ticket packages remain. The packages include a ticket to the game, an Orioles pride cap and access to a pregame party on the center-field roof deck, which will begin at 5 p.m. with an open bar and music from local DJ Rosie Hicks.
A part of the proceeds will benefit Moveable Feast, a Baltimore nonprofit that delivers healthy food and counseling to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other severe medical conditions.
“Moveable Feast is honored to have been chosen as the official charity partner for the Orioles’ first LGBT Pride Night. We are proud to stand with the Orioles and their work to be inclusive in our community,” Moveable Feast executive director Christian Metzger said in a news release. “The cheers that the Orioles players thrive on are not distinguishable between color, gender identity, or economic status. It takes all of us together to cheer the O’s on all season long.”
The Orioles will also present a $2,500 donation to the charity and will honor Paulette Moore, a Moveable Feast medical transportation driver, as a Birdland Community Hero.
The Baltimore Men’s Chorus — the city’s oldest LGBT performing arts group — will deliver a pregame performance at 6:30 p.m. Several singers will perform “This Land Is Your Land” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Retired 30-year major league umpire Dale Scott, the first openly gay umpire in baseball history, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He’ll join major league vice president and special assistant to the commissioner Billy Bean on the roof deck.
After becoming baseball’ first ambassador for inclusion in 2014, Bean, who came out publicly in 1999, has advised the commissioner on LGBT and anti-bullying issues and travels across the nation to speak with ballclubs about diversity and inclusion.
The Orioles will participate in another Pride Night on Friday, in Atlanta.
To buy tickets for LGBT night, go to www.orioles.com/LGBTpride. Fans can also purchase tickets for Pride Night or other Orioles theme nights, which include “Game of Thrones” Night and several university nights at orioles.com/themenights. Costs range from $35 to $70.