Vancouver Canadians to hold inaugural Pride Night at Nat Bailey Stadium

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      While addressing LGBT inclusion in sports may have been slower than other fields to get underway, initiatives like You Can Play, Pride Houses at international sporting events, and a high-profile athletes coming out have helped to provide momentum.

      Locally, several sports teams have previously held LGBT events or marched in the Vancouver Pride parade, including the Vancouver Canucks, Whitecaps, and the B.C. Lions.

      Joining them are the Vancouver Canadians, who will hold their inaugural Pride Night next Tuesday (July 23) at Nat Bailey Stadium when the Vancouver Canadians face off against the Everett AquaSox (with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.).

      “As an organization we felt that a Pride Night in Vancouver was an acknowledgement that deserved its own release to our fans to recognize our belief that all individuals have the right to participate in the sport of baseball and all fans who visit Nat Bailey Stadium can enjoy our game in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment,” the Vancouver Canadians said in a statement.

      For the event, players will be wearing Pride hats and rainbow flags will be displayed throughout the stadium.

      Pride Packs, selling for $130, include four reserved grandstand tickets and four #PrideattheNat t-shirts.

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      Funds from #PrideattheNat t-shirts (which can be purchased for $25) as well as all proceeds from sales of Pride Packs will benefit local LGBT organizations, which have not been announced yet. 

      Full details are available at the Vancouver Canadians website.

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