Filling the Stands on Pride Night
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.
Meanwhile, in Indiana (...is my least favorite way to start a sentence) a small pizza chain has pre-emptively told potential LGBT customers that they will not be filling orders for any pizzas ordered for any "gay weddings" (or as I like to call them, just "weddings"). There wasn't exactly a line out the door at this pizza place hoping to get some sweet wedding pizza, but the pizza place wanted to let them know ahead of time their plans to turn them away.
Oh well. A silly statement from a state with a silly new law.
Unfortunately, as a show of support, The Blaze has raised over $150,000 for this pizza place: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/memories-pizza-indiana-crowdfunding-campaign
We have raised over $25,000 (again, I tear up just seeing that number! Thank you so much!) as a show of our support. I know we can't beat $150,000 for some bad pizza, but we can at least try. And this is a great start.
This means so much to me and even more to these kids and young adults at Our Space who will be the beneficiaries of your generosity.
Just as a reminder of who you're helping; many of these teens and young adults at Our Space are people who don't have a home, and often that's as a result of them coming out to their families. They need a sense of community and family more than anybody. That's why Pride Night is important. I want to show them that no matter their own personal situation, they ALWAYS have a family and a community among Oakland Athletics fans.
Thank you all again. And to everybody in Indiana who feels like they might not be welcome there? Sean and I have a seat waiting for you right here at the Oakland Coliseum on 6/17.
I've raised the amount to $10k and I hope we can make it there. The A's have already opened up THREE new seating sections (up from just one) for Pride Night to let even more people in on the fun!
Can't wait to see you all there and thank you again.
I am going to leave the page open so people can continue to donate. Why stop at $6000? Anything beyond the tickets needed will go directly to Our Space LGBTQI Community Center for teens and young adults, AIDS Project East Bay, and Frameline.
Thank you all so much. We are honored to match your donations.
As a 60 year old straight guy (well except for that one time I may have touched tongues with my drunken best friend years ago) AND a Red Sox fan (that's me wearing the Bosox hat) I want to thank you for taking a stand on this and including everyone. How can you lose, sitting at a ballpark with a bunch of cheering gay people. Now that's going to be a party! For one game I say "Go A's" Ok, that's enough.
Hey Eireann! I had the good fortune of meeting you briefly at the annual root beer float day this past year. My family and I chatted with you for a couple minutes about how we had just took a picture with Sean and how we met Sean's mom and family in New York when we went to the A's v. Mets game. You were so friendly and welcoming and served us AMAZING root beer floats! And now to hear that you are doing this, I'm absolutely elated and privileged to have met you, even for such a brief moment in time. It makes me so proud to be an A's fan knowing we have people like you and Sean backing us LGBT people up. Thank you so much =,]
Eireann, So there are a bunch of us lezzies who want to join in that evening. We want to buy seats, also if this happens there will be a party van coming from Sacramento as well as here in the East Bay. We will donate but once we find out how many are going, then we need to know what our donation should be. Message me on FB please? Thanks luv Miz Helen
Thank you so much for your support Eireann! Your mother's must be BEAMING with Pride!!! XOXO
Sorry I don't have any funds to donate, (times are REALLY hard here). But I am glad to see you doing this. I hope you are able to fill all the seats. Wish I lived close and could go. :)
Good on you for doing this. My girlfriend's father is a longtime As fan, so we'd be attending the game ourselves to show support, if we could.