At­lanta Braves to host fi­nal LGBT Night at Turner Field

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A con­ser­va­tive Ge­or­gia con­gress­man from the Au­gusta area launched a GOP pol­icy meet­ing on May 26 by quot­ing a Bi­ble pas­sage that con­demned ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and said gays are “wor­thy of death.” The in­ci­dent took place be­fore the House cham­ber voted to re­ject a spend­ing bill that in­cluded an amend­ment bar­ring dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity.

Ge­or­gia Rep. Rick W. Allen led the opening prayer by read­ing from Ro­mans 1:1832, and Rev­e­la­tions 22:18-19, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from CQ Roll Call. His com­ments were re­port­edly di­rected at fel­low Repub­li­cans who backed the anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­posal.

Allen, a freshman who won the GOP pri­mary on May 24 and faces Demo­crat Pa­tri­cia McCracken in Novem­ber, has re­mained quiet on the mat­ter so far and his Twit­ter feed shows only com­ments on Oba­macare and Me­mo­rial Day since the in­ci­dent. The Hu­man Rights Cam­paign is­sued a state­ment call­ing the Ge­or­gia con­gress­man’s com­ments “vile and dan­ger­ous” and Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Hill, “House Repub­li­cans’ thirst to dis­crim­i­nate against the LGBT com­mu­nity is so strong that they are will­ing to vote down their own ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill in or­der to pre­vent progress over big­otry.”

This is the fi­nal sea­son the At­lanta Braves will play at Turner Field be­fore mov­ing to SunTrust Park in Cobb County, which means the fi­nal LGBT Night at the not-so-old ball­park. And this year, the team is step­ping it up even more for the big game against the Chicago Cubs on Fri­day, June 10.

Team of­fi­cials have moved the pregame pa­tio party from last year’s spot at the Top of the Chop to the Right Field Pa­tio in an­tic­i­pa­tion of more folks be­ing in at­ten­dance this year. Plus they’ve added a live per­for­mance from the At­lanta Gay Men’s Cho­rus and are throw­ing in a fancy Pride-in­spired com­mem­o­ra­tive Braves hat.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing the LGBT com­mu­nity back to Turner Field this June for the sixth an­nual LGBT Night and know the night will once again be a huge suc­cess,” said Adam Zim­mer­man, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for the At­lanta Braves.

$5.00 from ev­ery ticket pack­age pur­chased will go to LGBT home­less youth shel­ter Lost-n-Found Youth, and Fri­day Night Fire­works will fol­low af­ter the game.

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