In a significant turnaround, the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced their renewed embrace of the satirical LGBTQ+ group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, for their prestigious Pride Night event. Following the team’s initial decision to rescind their invitation, the Dodgers have expressed their gratitude for the invaluable work carried out by the group and extended a heartfelt welcome for their participation on June 16th. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ statement highlighted their commitment to recognizing the collective communities’ tireless efforts and the important contributions made by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence over the years.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, primarily composed of men dressed as nuns, represent a charitable, protest-oriented, and performance-based organization that originated in San Francisco in 1979. The Los Angeles chapter of this spirited group was initially designated to receive the Community Hero Award during the Pride Night ceremony, an honor that will now be reinstated. Acknowledging the impact of “thoughtful feedback,” the Dodgers also extended their apologies to the LGBTQ+ community, their friends, and families for any distress caused by their initial decision.
The Dodgers’ choice to include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence initially sparked controversy and criticism from conservative Roman Catholics and politicians, including Florida’s Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who accused the group of mocking nuns and undermining the Christian faith. However, the Sisters vehemently denied any anti-Catholic sentiment, emphasizing their use of humor and irreverent wit as tools to expose bigotry, complacency, and guilt that restrict the human spirit. Despite the backlash, the Dodgers’ reconsideration demonstrates their commitment to inclusivity and understanding.
The Dodgers’ decision to reinstate the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has received widespread support from LGBTQ+ groups nationwide. It has also prompted Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken to extend an invitation to the group for the Los Angeles Angels’ Pride Night on June 7. With their renewed statement, the Dodgers expressed their ongoing dedication to working with LGBTQ+ partners, deepening their own knowledge, strengthening community bonds, and utilizing their platform to provide unwavering support to all fans who contribute to the vibrant diversity of the Dodgers family.