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LGBTQ+ Equality
Inclusion For All

As local and national conversations continue to evolve, it is critical that the Arizona Diamondbacks can speak directly -- the D-backs is an inclusive organization open to all. Our LGBTQ+ communities need support.

We welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith/religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. We believe that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive, when our doors are open to all and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The D-backs understand that this may be challenging and unfamiliar for some. Because the D-backs organization is a place where communities come together, we believe we have an opportunity to facilitate dialogue to advance inclusion of people representing all dimensions of diversity including gender identity. In keeping with our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, we believe it is important to consider diverse perspectives, talk through concerns and beliefs, and build empathy for one another.

Inclusive Restrooms - New for 2021
Bean-Lovullo Bond Inspires as Game's Culture Evolves

Billy Bean, Major League Baseball Vice President, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, and Torey Lovullo (Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks) are great friends and Torey has supported Billy throughout his career. Their story aired on MLB Network in April of 2018. Read Article »


Dear Glenn Burke: A Letter from Billy Bean

Billy Bean pens a letter to Glenn Burke, MLB's first openly gay player. Watch Video »

Working "OUT" at MLB
Pride March in NYC

"They felt that the diversity outreach was significant enough to be inclusive for everybody," Bean said. "Dan Halem seeing the big picture and how important MLB's message is to all of our fans, all of New York, all around the country, to our 30 clubs, is how change happens. Today was visionary, in my opinion."

Approximately 175 eager employees of the Office of the Commissioner, MLB Network and MLB.com accepted an invitation to march.

"It's just an indescribable feeling," Bean said. "We've come so far so quickly. A lot of people are really determined and dedicated to continuing to grow an inclusive and accepting workplace in MLB and throughout baseball. ... I think a lot of people are going to learn something about the beauty of what this day represents. It's just about unity. It's not political or specific in every context. It's about people reaching out and giving a giant hug to all the wonderful diversity that makes up the great city of New York." Read Article »

Resources

PFLAG

MLB Panel examines LGBTQ+ experience, progress.

GLAAD

Major League Baseball took the lead on inclusion and support for LGBTQ+ youth on Spirit Day.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.

Additional Resources can be found here.

Pride Night

In celebration of Pride Month, the D-backs hosted Pride Night, supported by Vizzy Hard Seltzer, on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Chase Field when the D-backs hosted the Angels.

Fans were able to purchase a Pride Ticket Pack, which included a rainbow-themed D-backs branded cap and a lower-level ticket to the game for just $30. A portion of each ticket sold was donated to One Community and Phoenix Pride, while both organizations were recognized during pregame ceremonies.

As part of Pride Night, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Danielle Cortez, a transgender Live Content Creator for Major League Baseball who is also a former D-backs intern and longtime season ticket holder. She threw the pitch to Billy Bean, MLB’s Vice President of Social Responsibility & Inclusion.

Earlier this season, the D-backs converted several restrooms in the ballpark to all-inclusive facilities to allow fans to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity or expression.

One Community was on site for fans to take the unity pledge. In 2014, the D-backs became the first MLB team to sign the pledge, which supports and advocates for workplace inclusion and protection for all, including LGBTQ+ community members.

The National Anthem was performed by the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus. As has been the case in years past, merchandise featuring the D-backs’ rainbow-colored logo was available in the Chase Field Team Shop.

D-backs in the LGBTQ+ Community

The Arizona Diamondbacks were the first MLB team and pro team in Arizona to sign the Unity Pledge in support of full inclusion and equality in the workplace, housing and public accommodations for all Arizonians, including LGBTQ+ community members. The D-backs support and participate in LGBTQ+ programs and events year-round, including Phoenix Pride, One Community Foundation, One-n-ten, Latino Pride Alliance, Media Out Loud and more.

D-backs offer adhesive logoed patches to employees and among the logos is the rainbow pride “A” logo. Pride Products can be purchased online or in the Team Shop as well. In 2015, Nona Lee (EVP & Chief Legal Officer, D-backs) received the Spotlight on Success Award from One Community for her commitment to diversity. Nona is very passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ Community, diversity, inclusion and equality.

Noel Guevara (Manager, Special Events & Community Programs) spearheaded the Pride events and is involved within the LGBTQ+ community. Noel received a 2018 Community Spirit Award from Phoenix Pride at its awards. She coordinated the first-ever Pride event in 2018 and continues to play a big role in D-backs Pride Nights at Chase Field.

In May of 2019, the D-backs hosted Olympic hockey players Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette to throw out the first pitch - the first same-sex couple to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game.

Your Voice Matters

“I would like to say thank you for all the hard work on making Pride Night such a success this year! I was very impressed with the amazing turnout. The D-Backs really showed how LGBTQ-friendly they are & that was great!!” -- Michael McFall, Publisher, The Pride Guides

“Oh my god. Never in a million years did I ever think I’d see official Diamondbacks gear with a rainbow on it. Thank you so much for doing this. I’m only crying a little. I wish I could come home to AZ for the game.” -- Ally on Twitter

“Congratulations to the Arizona Diamondbacks team on a remarkable Pride Night last evening. It was dynamic, collaborative and inclusive. Our state got a little better last evening because of your hard work and determination.” -- Angela Hughey, President ONE Community & ONE Community Foundation

“Congratulations on a great event. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts!” -- Amy Rhodes, PetSmart Pride-At-Work

"I'm personally proud to work for an organization where an event like this can take place and for an organization that celebrates inclusiveness and diversity like we do. We look to live those principles every day." -- Mike Hazen, D-backs General Manager