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- In honor of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, June is celebrated as Pride Month.
- In honor of Pride Month, the San Francisco Giants will sport the colors of the LGBTQ+ community on their uniforms.
- The gesture comes as transgender youth and their right to participate in sports is under attack in several states.
The San Francisco Giants will quite literally be wearing their pride on their sleeves this weekend, becoming the first MLB team to incorporate LGBTQ Pride colors into their onfield uniforms.
In honor of Pride Month, which is celebrated in June ahead of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the team announced that players would sport an SF logo Pride Patch on the right sleeve of their home jersey, as well as a custom cap with the 11 colors of the Progress Pride Flag, which incorporates black, brown and the transgender pride flag colors with the original six rainbow stripes.
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“We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community,” Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement ahead of the team’s home game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Only a handful of professional MLB players have come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community in the sports' centuries-long history, despite a record number of Americans identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This year, the transgender community — especially kids — have come under attack from state lawmakers seeking to restrict their rights in sports and health care, taking a toll on the already vulnerable population. This year is on track to become the deadliest year in recorded history for transgender Americans, with 27 reported killings of transgender or gender-nonconforming people in the first half of the year — more than half of last year's total death toll.
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