Editor’s note: The end of the year means lists. The best of, the worst of, the most quotable personalities of the year. You know, us media types don’t miss a chance to recap our prose from the prior year. Not wanting to miss out, I’m unveiling my five picks for the best local gay sports stories in 2007. Enjoy.
Getting a professional sports organization to admit it has gay fans is tough. Getting them to embrace those gay fans is nearly impossible.
But a partnership between the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance and Atlanta Pride did just that on April 19, when their combined efforts drew more than 150 gay and lesbian fans to Turner Field for “Pride Night at the Braves.” Organizers, unsure of the response they would get, set aside 150 tickets for the event. They all sold and left last-minute participants scrambling to get an individual ticket and find the mass of gay fans in the upper decks.
The event marked the first “gay night” at the Braves since 2002, when about 500 people took part. In 2001, some 2,000 people participated to support Atlanta Games, a group that led an unsuccessful bid to land the 2004 Gay Games in Atlanta. The 2007 rendition raised about $600 for Pride and AGSA.
The Braves, for their part, didn’t say much about the event. In fact, they never did return my calls seeking comment about “Pride Night.”