By: D. McCray
The Chicago Cubs are your team if you’re looking for LGBT understanding, and forward thinking!
Not only is Wrigley Field adjacent to Boystown, the gay center of Chicago, but the Cubs have a float in the annual gay pride parade. The team’s co-owner, Laura Ricketts, is an out and proud married lesbian who is very visible in the LGBT community.
And most remarkably, the Cubs have also been holding a gay day event each year at Wrigley Field since 2001, now called “Out at Wrigley”, making it the longest-running LGBT-themed day among the 30 Major League Baseball teams. Bill Gubrud, the gay Chicagoan who started Out at Wrigley and a lifelong Cubs fans, posted,
“When I started working for the gay press in 2000 via the newspaper Chicago Free Press, my very first sales call was to the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago Cubs became the first professional male sports team to advertise in a gay paper in the country and I am proud to spearhead that effort.” (http://outatwrigley.com/).
Hopefully many other professional teams will follow the Cubs’ lead, and recognize that all people should be included, and made to feel welcome.