The Atlanta Braves host their fourth annual “Out in the Stands” event Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Turner Field benefiting homeless LGBT youth organization Lost-N-Found Youth. The popular LGBT night in the ballpar...
The Braves will host the third annual “Out in the Stands” LGBT fan night June 18 when the New York Mets come to town.
Like last year, this year's event will double as a fundraiser for Ben Cohen's StandUp Foundation, which promotes LGBT equality in sports through public awareness campaigns, grants and other advocacy projects. Cohen's foundation is headquartered in Atlanta.
Cohen is most famous for being a former professional rugby player and Rugby World Cup winner with his native England.
Last year's event drew some 300 people to Turner Field. This year's format is slightly different, however. There will be another patio reception, but no VIP box experience.
The official positions of Atlanta’s top professional sports teams range from supportive to simply silent on LGBT issues. The same can’t always be said for individual players and staff members, who (like plenty of other celebs) have found themselves, and their teams, facing fierce public scrutiny after spouting off about gay athletes or gay rights in general.
The end of summer marks the start of the annual fall sports leagues. From softball to flag football, gay and lesbian sporting leagues offer a plethora of options for those seeking competitive fun this fall.
On the national stage, three of Atlanta’s professional teams look to shake the city’s reputation of being a “miserable sports town,” as stated by Forbes. The Braves, Falcons and Dream are all poised for post-season action in 2012.
The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta will kick off its fall season with a day of pre-season games Sept. 16 followed by a shorter-than-normal five-week season schedule.
As cities around the nation celebrate LGBT Pride the last weekend in June, Atlanta’s Stonewall Month winds down with several Pride-themed events. From sports to festivals and even a “Sugarbutch” blogger, there is plenty to do before the month wraps up.
Pride festivals are traditionally held the last weekend in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, fought back against police harassment in what is widely seen as a turning point for gay rights.
But after being celebrated the last weekend in June in Piedmont Park for most of its history, Atlanta Pride was forced to move in 2008 when a record drought booted all large festivals from the park. After an unpopular July 4 festival in 2009, Atlanta Pride organizers announced future festivals would be held in Piedmont Park to coincide with National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11.