Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The saga surrounding a group of self-described “queer and trans nuns’’ took another twist today when the Dodgers–who earlier rescinded an invitation for the group to participate in the team’s Pride Night–publicly apologized to the organization and again invited the group to take part in the event.
There was no immediate comment from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, but the Dodgers indicated in a statement that the group’s members “have agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades.’’
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families,’’ according to a team statement Monday afternoon.
“... In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen the ties that bind and use our platform to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.’’
The Sisters organization is expected to receive a Community Hero Award during the team’s Pride Night event, honoring the group’s efforts to promote human rights, diversity and “spiritual enlightenment.’’
The Dodgers came under fire from a host of LGBTQ advocacy groups and elected officials following its decision to rescind its original invitation for the group to take part in Pride Night activities at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles LGBT Center called on the team to cancel Pride Night altogether, while organizers of LA Pride said they would not be participating in the event.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center issued a statement Monday calling the team’s reversal “a step in the right direction.’’
“Last week’s debacle underscores the dangerous impact of political tactics by those who seek to stoke the flames of anti-LGBTQ bias at a time when our rights are under attack,’’ the center’s CEO, Joe Hollendoner, said. “We must continue to stand together as a community in defense of the rights and recognition of LGBTQ+ people in Los Angeles and beyond.”