LOS ANGELES — (05-19-23) — Several LGBTQ+ groups including the Los Angeles LGBT Center and ACLU of Southern California have withdrawn from participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10th annual Pride Night taking place on June 16, in solidarity with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a legendary LGBTQ+ charity and protest group that the Dodgers disinvited last Monday.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of self-described “queer and trans nuns,” were set to be honored with the team’s Community Hero Award.

“While the L.A. Dodgers were preparing to host an event centered around inclusivity, they instead chose to exclude a well-known LGBTQ+ organization with a rich history of philanthropic and community engagement,” the Los Angeles County Delegation, which includes 39 members of the California State Senate and State Assembly, said in a statement Friday. “These are values that should be celebrated, not suppressed.”

“Do you believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers are being ‘inclusive and welcoming to everyone’ by giving an award to a group of gay and transgender drag performers that intentionally mocks and degrades Christians — and not only Christians, but nuns, who devote their lives to serving others?” Rubio wrote.

In response to Rubio and others, the Dodgers decided to uninvite the group.

“Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees,” the Dodgers said in a statement.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center and the ACLU of Southern California announced Thursday that they will not participate in Pride Night unless the Dodgers re-invite the Sisters.

LA Pride, the Dodgers’ longtime LGBTQ+ community partner and the most prominent group involved in Pride Night, also announced Thursday their decision to withdraw from the event.

Several area politicians, including the L.A. County Supervisor and the city government of West Hollywood, also publicly criticized the Dodgers for their decision to disinvite the Sisters.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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