The Washington Nationals announced Monday that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will throw out the first pitch for the team’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
The ceremonial first pitch comes at the Nats’ annual “Night OUT” game, which is an LGBTQ+ event that stands as the oldest in the league compared to the rest of the franchises.
Pelosi “is being recognized for her longstanding commitment to fighting for the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community,” the Nationals said in a statement Monday.
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As part of the event, the Nationals will award a portion of ticket sales for their “Night OUT,” which will be their 18th Tuesday night outing, to Team DC.
This organization helps educate “the LGBTQ community about the benefits of participating in individual and team sports.” Then $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Team DC.
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Gay pride events have been common in professional sports for years, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have recently come under fire for their night, which is scheduled for June 16.
After reconsidering, they reinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to honor them during their Pride Night, sparking controversy, even within their own clubhouse.
Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Blake Treinen objected to the invite, as the LGBTQ+ satirical advocacy group has been known to perform exaggerated acts in public displaying anti-Catholic imagery.
Pelosi, 83, recently resigned as House speaker after serving in the position since 2019. It was the second time she has done so, having previously served from 2007-2011.
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Pelosi has represented California’s 11th Congressional District in the House since 1987.