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Mets, LGBT Network to host Pride Night on Saturday at Citi Field

Billy Bean, right, and David Kilmnick speak at

Billy Bean, right, and David Kilmnick speak at a press conference before Pride Night at Citi Field on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets and the Long Island-New York LGBT Network will host the second annual Pride Night Saturday when the Mets meet the Nationals at Citi Field, the LGBT Network announced Friday.

The game starts at 4:10 p.m. but events will begin at 3 p.m. outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda with a free performance of “Broadway Sings for Pride.’’ Rainbow and American flags will be distributed to those in attendance.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying efforts for schools on Long Island and in New York City.

David Kilmnick, LGBT Network CEO, said in a statement, “Bullying is still a major-league problem for LGBT youth. Over 82 percent report being verbally and physically harassed in the past year. It’s not only the school hallways where our young people report feeling unsafe, but also on the ball field. We are grateful and thankful to Major League Baseball for taking the lead in professional sports including the LGBT community in its diversity priorities and initiatives. As a lifelong Mets fan, I am proud that the New York Mets have taken the lead in promoting inclusivity in the ballpark and are the champions of the New York sports world in making sure that everyone is welcomed and celebrated at Citi Field.”

Mets Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer Lou DePaoli said, “New York is the most diverse and inclusive city in the world, and the Mets welcome all fans throughout the season. We are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community on Pride Night at Citi Field.”

Billy Bean VP, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, MLB’s Office of the Commissioner, said, in part, “Mets fans encompass every demographic that make up the great city of New York. It makes me very proud to see their organization display such a powerful example of inclusion, and a message of acceptance for anyone who loves the game of baseball.”

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