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Fenway Park to Host First Ever Pride Night

As part of Boston Pride's Pride Week celebration, Boston's LGBT community will be recognized at Thursday night's Red Sox game.

Boston's LGBT community will receive special recognition in the Fenway neighborhood on Thursday night, as Fenway Park hosts its first ever "Pride Night."

Hosted by Boston Pride and the Boston Red Sox, several people will be honored during the Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers baseball game on June 6th at 7:10 p.m., and the Red Sox will donate a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Boston Pride.

“Boston Pride is delighted to be working with the Boston Red Sox on Pride Night at Fenway Park,” said Boston Pride President, Linda DeMarco. “The Boston Red Sox are a strong ally to the LGBT community and to have a special Pride Night brings additional excitement to the week’s events.”

This year's Pride Night at Fenway Park is part of an effort to show inclusivity of the LGBT community in major league sports, according to organizers. In addition to baseball game, on Wednesday night, the Boston Public Library will host a public discussion on athletes coming out. “Out In Sports: Moving Forward – A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in Sports” will be held on June 5 at 6:15 p.m. at the BPL, hosted by the Boston Pride’s Human Rights and Education Committee

"This is the first time a major league sports team is partnering with an LGBT event at a baseball park, so we are very proud it's here in Boston and with us," said Sylvain Bruni, a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Pride.

If you were hoping to get tickets to the game, all 540 tickets have unfortunately sold out as of Wednesday night, said Bruni. 

"It was apparently one of the biggest ticket sales for one group in a long time, so we're happy about that," said Bruni. "It shows that there's a need for this event in the community, and we're proud to have been able to put that together."

The Fenway neighborhood will also play host to two other Pride Night celebrations at the House of Blues. You can see the full Boston Pride schedule here.

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Roland D June 06, 2013 at 10:36 PM
The Phillies have been doing this for years: http://epgn.com/view/full_story/18898479/article-Phillies--gay-night-celebrates-a-decade http://www.phillygaydays.com/ It's kind of very Boston to assume you're the first at something, and I'm from Boston originally.

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