SB Nation Blog: Nationals A-OK With LGBTQ; Pride-Challenged Astros 'Do Nothing'

NewsBusters | 10/26/2019 | Staff
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The ongoing World Series is shedding a bright light on the Washington Nationals' devotion to the LGBTQ rainbow nation. Compared to the Houston Astros, who ''do nothing'' to appease LGBTQ pressure groups, the Nationals are A-OK, writes Jim Buzinski on SB Nation's Outsports LGBT blog.

Despite some trivial similarities on the field, the Astros and National are "very divergent when it comes to public support for LGBTQ fans," Buzinski notes.

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Houston is one of just two major league teams that didn't hold a pride event this season (the Texas Rangers also did not). The Nationals, on the other hand, rolled out the rainbow carpet for the 15th straight year and invited former Congressman Barney Frank's boyfriend Jim Ready to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before that game. The power couple stood together on the mound, thrilled LGBT fans with a kiss and announced their engagement that night.

The Nationals were so touched that they donated $1,500 to a Washington LGBTQ youth advocacy group.

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Washington's love affair with the local rainbow nation goes much further. Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle is pitching in as "of the most pro-LGBTQ allies in sports," Buzinski writes. "Doolittle caught the first pitch at Pride night and this year wore cleats at the game that sported the Pride flag and trans flag." He hurled this tweet:

As a member of the Oakland Athetics four years ago, Doolittle challenged people uncomfortable with attending their Pride night to sell him their tickets. "No judgments. No questions asked," he promised.

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Doolittle got extremely judgmental in 2018, though, when he called out major leaguers who tweeted gay slurs when they were younger. “Homophobic slurs are still used to make people feel soft or weak or otherwise inferior — which is bullshit. Some of the strongest people...
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