The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will host LGBT Pride Night at their Thursday, June 14, contest against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
LGBT Pride Night, presented by Air Products in partnership with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, is the first such night in IronPigs history. The evening includes a cap giveaway to the first 3,000 adults 18 and older, an appearance by former Major Leaguer Billy Bean (the first openly gay Major League Baseball player), and the opportunity to support Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The night's focus will be on promoting inclusion and diversity.
"We're happy to host the first of what we hope is an annual, inclusion-themed evening at Coca-Cola Park," said IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. "We'd like to thank our partners, Air Products and Bradbury-Sullivan, as well as Billy Bean, for partnering with us to help promote diverse and prejudice-free environments."
Bean, Major League Baseball's first Ambassador for Inclusion and current MLB Director of Inclusion, is scheduled to appear and speak to players before the game about the importance and challenges of inclusion in professional sports. After playing in the majors for six seasons, he now leads the conversation of inclusion throughout MLB. Bean serves as a resource for all 30 clubs and leads the Shred Hate Bullying Prevention Program - the first-ever league-led bullying prevention program for MLB, which has already reached nearly 20,000 students in 2018.
"MLB continues to lead by example with its social conscience and vision," Bean said. "It is our mission to create an equitable working environment, free of discrimination and prejudice for every player, coach, umpire, employee, fan, and member of the MLB family."
The giveaway cap, presented by Air Products, features the IronPigs logo in front of the familiar rainbow of colors that serves as a symbol of the LGBT community.
During the game, Air Products will be recognized for its efforts in supporting LGBT inclusion in the workplace and throughout the Lehigh Valley as part of its commitment to attract and retain a world-class workforce in our community. The event coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Company's LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group, SPECTRUM.
"We share MLB's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion," said Darlene MacKinnon, Air Product's Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion/Talent Management. "We are fully committed to ensuring that every member of the Air Products team is respected, valued and fully included so that they can do their best work, every day. From unconscious bias training to workshops on being an Inclusion Ally, we are continuously striving to be the most diverse and inclusive industrial gas company in the world."
Fans who wish to donate a portion of their ticket proceeds to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center can purchase special tickets directly via this link. Each ticket purchased through this offerwill come with an event-exclusive t-shirt.
NOTE: When purchasing via the special offer, select "Other" for T-Shirt type then enter sizes (anywhere from small through 2XL) in the prompt that appears.
Single-game tickets for this game, and all other home IronPigs contests are available at IronPigsBaseball.com, or by calling (610) 847-PIGS (7447).
The 2018 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.