Photo courtesy of the LA Dodgers
Photo courtesy of the LA Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold its fourth annual LGBT Night at Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to play in an American professional league.

The national anthem will be performed by Esera Tuaolo, a former NFL defensive tackle who founded the anti-bullying organization “Hate In Any Form is Wrong.” Its mission is to help minimize the negative impact that hate has on society, especially bullying.

Other scheduled special guests include singer Lance Bass; Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player; Michael Sam, the Canadian Football League’s first openly gay player; Noah Galvin, a cast member of the ABC comedy “The Real O’Neals”; and E.J. Johnson, a cast member of the E! reality series “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and a son of Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a member of the Dodgers ownership group.

A limited quantity of ticket packages including a game ticket and exclusive Dodger LGBT Night tank top are available at

—City News Service

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