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Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the big apple outside of Citi Field in game five of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are reportedly organizing the first ever “Pride Night” this year at Citi Field. By doing so, they will be the first major New York sports team to celebrate the LGBT community, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

Ian Mohr of Page Six also reported on this story. In speaking with  LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, it’s clear this is a huge deal, not only for the LGBT community but also for the Mets:

“I’m proud to be making this announcement — one, as a lifelong Met fan, and two, we get to beat the Yankees on this,” Kilmnick joked to us.

He added that the team’s “making sure that everyone is welcomed and celebrated at Citi Field.”

Kilmnick expects over 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans to attend the celebratory event, and some of the ticket sales will be diverted to the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying programs, per Mohr.

Whether or not to celebrate the LGBT community is a hot-button topic in America these days. However, one thing I think we can all agree on is that any chance to stick up for anyone who is being bullied is worthy of being lauded.

The Mets have yet to announce the date, but details of the event will be announced next Tuesday in a press conference.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.