As corporations and organizations continue to promote the LGBT agenda through June under the “Pride Month” celebration, the Texas Rangers remain the only Major League Baseball team refusing to celebrate and promote LGBT “pride.”
In 2003, the Rangers attempted to host an “informal gay night,” where, without officially marketing the event, they invited several LGBT groups to the stadium. However, the event was met with heavy protest.
Since then, the Rangers have held fast to their decision not to host another “Pride” celebration, though they have avoided making an official statement.
In 2020, Rangers COO Neil Leibman told The Dallas Morning News, “With respect to Pride Night, we reached out to the Resource Center and said what can we do internally. We immediately adopted some changes they suggested to be more inclusive in hiring practices. I think that’s more meaningful than just saying, ‘OK, we had a Pride Night.’”
Rafael McDonnell, who works with the activist group LGBTQ Resource Center, complained, “They’ve made some efforts, but it’s very much a start. Compared to their peer professional sports teams, they have some distance to go.”
Richie Whitt, a writer for the Dallas Observer, blamed the team’s lack of a baseball title on their refusal to host a “Pride Night.”
“Zero prizes. No pride,” wrote Whitt.
However, the team is currently second best in the league for the 2023 season.
The teams with the top two records in baseball start a weekend clash tonight. pic.twitter.com/YCRyPudNSG
— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2023
Sources say that despite continual pressure across the board, the Rangers’ lack of a “pride” celebration “will stay the case throughout the month of June.”
According to Brady Gray, a board member for Texas Family Project, “People just want to watch baseball. To the vast majority of fans, Rangers’ decision to buck the trend of celebrating sexuality is a breath of fresh air.”