Christopher Street West, the non-profit that produces LA Pride, released a statement last night expressing their disappointment in the Los angeles Dodgers’ decision to rescind their invitation to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to be honored at the 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night. In solidarity with the Sisters, LA Pride has cancels their participation in this year’s event after a longstanding partnership.
The Los Angeles Dodgers removed the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from their pre-game LGBTQ+ Pride Night celebration at Dodger Stadium following a backlash from some Catholic Church leaders and republican politician Marco Rubio who publicly condemned the team’s plan to bestow the Sister with a Community Hero Award.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center immediately removed itself from the Dodgers’ Pride Night event following the exclusion. “Buckling to pressure from out-of-state, right-wing fundamentalists, the Dodgers caved to a religious minority that is perpetuating a false narrative about LGBTQ+ people,” wrote LA LGBT Center CEO Joe Hollendoner in a statement. “They have been fed lies about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and have therefore contributed to the ongoing, anti-LGBTQ smear campaign happening in this country. In a year where over 400 pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation are on the books—many of them targeting freedom of speech, expression, and the bodily autonomy of our community—the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is as critical as ever, and unfortunately the Dodgers chose to bow to the religious right rather than stand with our LGBTQ community.”
The City of West Hollywood also released a statement yesterday applauding the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “for their passionate dedication to the LGBTQ community, for tireless AIDS and HIV activism, for unequivocally crusading for the rights of all people, and for the love, laughter, and flair they inspire.”
The full LA Pride statement is below:
“As a longstanding partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, we are very disappointed in their decision to rescind their invitation to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to be honored at the 10th annual LCBTO+ Pride Night. As a result and in solidarity with our community, LA Pride will not be participating in this year’s
Dodgers Pride Night event.
Pride is a fight for equality and inclusion for the entire LGBTQ+ community and we’re not going to stop now. Let’s make this year’s Pride celebration louder than ever.”