The Los Angeles Dodgers have U-turned on their U-turn on The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Backstory – The Los Angeles Dodgers had initially invited The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to attend and be honored at its June 16 LGBTQ Pride Night.
But after some criticism from Catholic organizations who find the Sisters work as “mocking” to the church, the Dodgers rescinded their invitation to the Sisters last week.
But now, after backlash from the LGBTQ community, the Dodgers have re-invited the Sisters to attend the event and be honored.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 22, 2023
The Los Angeles LGBT Center issued this statement on the reversal of the reversal:
Today’s decision by the Dodgers to publicly apologize to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and roll back their exclusion from next month’s Pride Night is a step in the right direction, and we support the Sisters’ vote to accept their much-deserved Community Hero Award.
Last week’s debacle underscores the dangerous impact of political tactics by those who seek to stoke the flames of anti-LGBTQ bias at a time when our rights are under attack. We must continue to stand together as a community in defense of the rights and recognition of LGBTQ+ people in Los Angeles and beyond.
The Center is filled with gratitude to our Los Angeles community, who mobilized to support the Sisters, all of which compelled the Dodgers to ultimately do right by LGBTQ+ people everywhere. We are proud to stand with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and will join them at Pride Night to honor their many important contributions to our movement.
The Dodgers’ course correction and the conversations we have had with the organization’s leadership since last week demonstrates the version of allyship we have come to expect from the team over the years. The Center will always strive to hold our corporate partners accountable—which means so much more than waving a rainbow flag.
We stand with the @LADragnuns! Today, the @Dodgers apologized and reinstated their invitation to honor the Sisters at Pride Night. We're grateful to our community for rallying behind the Sisters.
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— Los Angeles LGBT Center (@LALGBTCenter) May 22, 2023