BY AJ TRAGER
DETROIT – DETROIT – Just in time for Pride, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a Pride Night June 3 when the Tigers play the Oakland Athletics.
Nearly 400 tickets were sold the first week after the event was announced. At press time, the chamber confirms that nearly 1,000 tickets have been sold for Pride seating. Tickets are $40.
Help the LGBT Chamber support LGBT non-profit organizations in Metro Detroit by purchasing a $15 tagless Tigers Pride T-shirt. Shirts can be purchased at http://www.booster.com/lgbtchamber. As of May 19, 109 shirts have been sold and $850 raised to support local non-profit organizations.
LGBT and Ally Employee Resource Groups are encouraged to purchase group tickets; so far, the Metro Detroit Gay and Lesbian Softball League, Ford, Ally Financial, Comerica Bank and the Sheraton Novi Hotel have all purchased group tickets.
“It’s about the game. Just like having a Hispanic night, I go to support that community. We are part of the community too, and we’d like to support,” said Philip Silvio, a software technician who works at Ally Financial downtown and has purchased a total of 22 tickets. “I’m glad they’re doing it (the pride night). Hopefully there will be more of them in the future.”
The chamber hopes to establish stronger LGBT inclusions in the Detroit regional workplace, and the collaborations with the major Detroit sports teams helps that initiative.
In the past few months, other sports teams in the Detroit area have hosted similar evenings; a Pride Night with the Pistons was in December and a Pride Night with the Red Wings was this spring. The Tigers event is sponsored by the DRLGBTCC.
To purchase tickets, visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=TGEV_B2B42&pid=7930295.