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Community Spotlight: Night OUT at the Nationals

Team DC's annual night of peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, and hopefully a win for the home team returns this Monday

Team DC's Night OUT at the Nationals -- Photo: Ward Morrison

Team DC’s Night OUT at the Nationals — Photo: Ward Morrison

Brent Minor is ecstatic. Tickets to Night Out at the Nationals are selling “like hotcakes,” he says, before adding, in his warm, southern tones, “and we all know how popular hotcakes are.” The event, sponsored by Team DC, “takes over” Nats Stadium for a night to promote LGBT visibility in sports. To say it’s been a wildly popular event since its inception over a decade ago is an understatement.

This year’s game boasts several special guests, including actor Leslie Jordan, who will throw the first pitch, Bishop Gene Robinson, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Ty Herndon, who will sing the national anthem along with members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

“It’s wonderful to look around and see our community in a very traditional American setting,” says Minor, executive director of Team DC. “To see us there, very out and proud, makes you pick up your shoulders just a little bit higher.”

Monday, June 14 at Nats Stadium. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., the game starts at 7:05 p.m. (the Nats will play the Chicago Cubs). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Nellie’s Sports Bar with no service charge or at nationals.com/nightout with a $3 service charge.

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John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com