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The Dodgers are backtracking on their ban on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence drag group and inviting them back to be part of LGBTQ+ Pride Night.
“After many thoughtful comments from diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincere apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community. and their friends and families,” read a statement of the MLB team.
The group had been disinvited from the annual event after the Dodgers received pressure from conservative Catholic organizations claiming they were “making fun” of them. The backlash from the LGBTQ+ community came after the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were kicked out of Pride Night because it goes against the foundation of the event – inclusivity.
In the statement, the Dodgers said the group had accepted their invitation and would attend the 10th Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16.
“We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive gratitude from our collective communities for the lifesaving work they have done tirelessly for decades,” the statement continued. “In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen the bonds that bind us together, and use our platform to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence said in their own statement that they accepted the apology from the Dodgers organization because they “believe the apology is sincere because the Dodgers have worked for 10 years with our community and they have also asked us to continue the relationship with them.
Following the group’s abandonment by the Dodgers, the mayor of Anaheim invited them to make an appearance at the upcoming Los Angeles Angels Pride Party.
“I invite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to join me for @Angels Pride Night at Anaheim Stadium on June 7th,” said Mayor Ashleigh Aitken. tweeted during the weekend. “Pride should be inclusive and like many, I was disappointed with the Dodgers’ decision.”