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Several Tampa Bay Rays Players Refuse To Wear LGBTQ Patch, Citing Religious Reasons

Several players from the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team refused to wear an LGBTQ pride patch for pride night. June is pride month so, of course, some major companies organize events and marketing strategies to cater to that particular crowd. Most of the players on the team wore the patch, but a handful didn’t. Those who didn’t wear the patch typically cited religious reasons. One person apparently spoke out to the media and assured his solidarity with the people of the LGBTQ community. He went on to explain that his support of the people does not mean his support of the lifestyle from a religious perspective. This should not be a controversial take, but in today’s America, it most certainly is.

SOURCES:

Most, but not all, Rays show their LGBTQ+ support

Kevin Cash says ‘Pride Night’ logo opt-out from some Tampa Bay Rays players won’t divide team

Tampa Bay Rays Players Decline To Wear Rainbow Logos For Pride Night. Pitcher Cites Jesus.

Rays Players Undercut Pride Night by Not Wearing Rainbow Logos – The New York Times

Some Tampa Bay Rays players chose not to wear LGBTQ Pride Night logos on uniform – CBS News

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