The Oakland Athletics are holding their first LGBT Pride Night on June 17, and A's pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend have found a solution for season ticket holders who want to sell their tickets for that game.
Doolittle's girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, has two moms who are "diehard A's fans," as she detailed in a blog post.
Dolan writes that after the A's announced the event on social media, she "was saddened to read some of the replies about their decision to have a night of inclusion for the LGBT community." She said many season ticket holders expressed a desire to sell their tickets to the game, so Dolan is offering to buy the tickets.
In her blog post, Dolan writes that "everybody is entitled to their own beliefs and as long as nobody is getting hurt, I’m happy ... I won’t tell you that you are wrong or that you are not allowed to think or act that way." From her post:
So, A’s fans; if attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!
If you’d like to sell your tickets to June 17th’s LGBT Pride Night game, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked.
Dolan, who can be reached here on Twitter, said she will donate any tickets she purchases to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.
A GoFundMe.com page has also been set up to raise money for the goal of "Filling the Stands on Pride Night." It appears to be working: as of Tuesday morning, $6,110 had been raised by 110 people over 21 hours and the A's expanded Pride Night to an extra two field level sections at O.co Coliseum.
- Molly Geary