Earlier we were wondering when MLB would catch up to the NHL in LGBT inclusivity policy. Well, the Marlins are taking a step. From a joint press release from the South Florida Gay News and the Marlins:
South Florida Gay News (SFGN) and the Miami Marlins have teamed up to host an evening of baseball to promote equality in sports and to benefit South Florida area LGBT youth organizations. “You Can Play Night” will take place Friday, June 14 at Marlins Park beginning with a social mixer at 5 p.m. followed by the baseball game versus the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m.
“With the recent announcement of Jason Collins coming out as a pro athlete, the timing for ‘You Can Play Night’ is perfect,” said Justin Wyse, Sales Manager for SFGN. “The message the You Can Play Project makes to LGBT youth and their allies who are involved in sports is that locker rooms should be safe and sports venues should be free from homophobia. Athletes should be judged on talent, heart and work ethic and not sexual orientation. We are delighted to partner with the Marlins to bring this message to our local youth.”
A scroll through the Marlins' events calendar reveals Miami is also hosting Beast Mode for Christ Fellowship Day (hosted by old friend Juan Pierre). They may not be getting men on base, but off the field the Marlins certainly seem to be covering all the bases.