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Dodgers will join SF Giants in wearing LGBTQ+ pride hats during MLB game

The Giants were the first MLB team to wear the LGBTQ+ Pride logo on the field, which they put on their hat and jersey sleeves for a game last year.

Now the other team is doing the same. And this next month is setting up a rivalry game unlike any other.

The Dodgers on Monday unveiled their own LGBTQ+ Pride hats and announced plans to wear them twice, including at the pre-scheduled Pride Night in San Francisco at Oracle Park on June 11.

The Giants plan to wear the 11-color Progress Pride flag-inspired logo that night, making it the first MLB game on June 11 — and possibly the first major professional men’s sporting event in the US — where both teams are wearing the LGBTQ+ Pride logo.

The Giants first wore 11 colors that honored LGBT, transgender and marginalized communities of color in a nationally televised game against the Cubs on June 5, 2021. In addition to the hat and jersey logo, some Giants players wore additional pride-colored gear, such as Ivan Longoria wearing a Pride armband.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 5: Evan Longoria Pride of the San Francisco Giants wears a sleeve emblazoned with the colors of the rainbow on his left hand as he bats against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Carl Mondon/Bay Area Newsgroup)

“I think it’s an exciting moment for our team, for our organization,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said before that day’s game. “I am extremely proud of our group for publicly supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This is an important step and we all stand behind the community.”

The Dodgers will first wear their new Pride logo in their home game against the Mets on June 3. In the press release unveiling the cap, Dodgers president Stan Castane noted the importance of the June 11 game against his longtime rival.

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