While the Mariners play against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday June 30, Safeco Field will fly the rainbow Pride flag, making Major League Baseball history as the first MLB Team to publicly fly the Pride flag at a game. Their second game against the Cubs coincides with the 39th annual Seattle Pride Parade, which is celebrating “Equality: Passed, Present & Future.”
“We’re thrilled to have so much community support in Seattle and greatly appreciate the leadership from the Mariners in promoting equality and acceptance in professional sports,” says Adam McRoberts, Spokesman for Seattle Out & Proud.
In 1947, America’s favorite past-time led the way for racial equality when Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Earlier this year when NBA center Jason Collins became the first athlete in a major American sport to come out during his playing career, many in MLB were vocal in their show of support for gay athletes.Leading by example, the Mariners will continue Baseball’s legacy as a social institution. Rebecca Hale, Director of Public Information for the Mariners told Seattle Out & Proud Tuesday morning: “We’re a part of this community. Our fans are a reflection of our community. We thought this was an appropriate gesture on a day that is very meaningful to the LGBT community.”
The Seattle Mariners were enfranchised in 1977 and are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. From their inception until 1999, the Mariner’s home park was the Kingdome. After years of planning and construction, Safeco Field opened for business on July 15, 1999, and has become one of MLB’s premier facilities.
Seattle Out and Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, and the Seattle Pride Picnic.