My name is Eireann Dolan. My boyfriend is Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle. We would like to fill the stands on Oakland Athletics LGBT Pride Night on 6/17.
When the Oakland Athletics first announced that they planned on holding their very first LGBT Pride Night, I was disheartened to see a handful of responses on social media from people who, for whatever reason, do not support this night of inclusion and community. A few people even expressed an interest in selling their tickets to that game.
That's why I wrote this
; an offer to the fans who wished to sell their tickets. I told them that Sean and I would purchase their tickets at face value and donate them to the Bay Area's local Our Space LGBTQI Community Center for teens and young adults
We didn't want to see anyone at the game who feels uncomfortable being there, but we also didn't want those tickets to go to waste. It seemed like a win-win solution.
Since posting that, Sean and I have gotten an overwhelming response. For every one negative comment about Pride Night, we've gotten dozens of positive comments of support.
Many people offered to donate their own tickets to Our Space, and others offered to donate money to purchase more tickets.
That gave us another idea: we wanted to start a GoFundMe to raise more funds to purchase as many tickets as we can to Athletics LGBT Pride Night and give them all to Our Space. We want to show these teens and young adults so desperately in need of community that they have one right here in the Oakland Athletics.
Sean and I will personally match donations up to $3000. Let's all work together to raise $6000 and fill the stands at the O.Co on 6/17.
Anything above $6000 will be donated equally to Our Space
, AIDS Project East Bay
, and Frameline
Thank you in advance for your generosity. The Athletics community has been so welcoming to Sean and me since Sean was called up to play in 2012. We may be a small market team, but we have a community that comes together in a big market way.
And if you are interested in purchasing tickets to this game, you can buy them here