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Dodgers host first annual 'LGBT Night Out'

September 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday hosted their first annual LGBT Night Out.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles sang the national anthem, kicking off a special night at Dodger Stadium. The team recognized its fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Danielle Goldey waited more than a decade for this night.

"I'm born and raised a Dodger fan and will continue to be a Dodger fan," she said.

The loyal Dodger fan came to the game with her fiancée. Thirteen years ago, Goldey was thrown out of Dodger Stadium after kissing the woman she was dating at the time.

"The security guards came and said that they were throwing us out and we asked why. They said someone complained that they didn't want their kids around 'those kind of people,'" said Goldey.

Goldey filed a lawsuit, but the Dodgers worked out a settlement that included a public apology.

"I'm really proud of her for stepping up 13 years ago to what was an unjust situation," said Petra Frey, Goldey's fiancée.

Jason Collins, the former NBA player who announced he was gay earlier this year, threw out the first pitch. Goldey says she believes this is a celebration of progress in the gay community.

"At the end of the day, yes, we're gay fans...but I just want to be known as, 'I'm a Dodger fan,'" said Goldey.

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