Joining the parade of other sports teams from the professional leagues (NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, MLS) the LA Lakers have announced their first ever LGBTQ+ Oriented “Pride Night” to be held on October 4th with their home game against the Sacramento Kings at the Staple’s Center.

Although many Pride Nights hosted by sports teams have just been lip service, with hardly a rainbow flag in sight. It appears that the LA Lakers will be embracing their LGBTQ+ fans a bit more. The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the national anthem. With members of the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Basketball League joining the fun in a pregame contest. The Trevor Project and LA LGBTQ+ Center will be attendance. Violet Palmer, the first openly gay referee of the NBA will be the honorary “Team Captain” for the Lakers.

In addition, the LA Lakers will award a special award to Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA Player. The “Laces of Unity” Award will be in honor of his work in building a more inclusive atmosphere in professional sports with his work as an NBA Cares Ambassador.

Finally, all the Pride Night fans will get a free T Shirt! Get more information and by tickets here. #LAKERSPRIDENIGHT

By Dirk Smith