The Tigers remain in the minority in Major League Baseball when it comes to celebrating gay pride. They're one of few teams never to have hosted a sanctioned Pride Night.
But this season they are offering a "Pride Pack" ticket package in conjunction with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
The "Pride Pack" game is Wednesday, Aug. 22, against the Cubs at Comerica Park.
The "Pride Pack" tickets for the 7:05 p.m. game range in price from $32 to $56, and with each ticket purchased, fans will receive a commemorative pride T-shirt that includes the Tigers' Olde English D on the front, and a pride flag on the back with the inscription, "Celebrating Diversity at America's Favorite Pastime."
A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which has organized unofficial Tigers pride days for the past few years.
"We salute the ongoing work of the Detroit LGBT Chamber and their commitment to business educational programming," said Ron Colangelo, Tigers vice president of communications. "The Tigers have historically partnered with diverse organizations and groups, and the Pride Pack ticket package is an opportunity for fans to support the fundraising efforts of the Detroit LGBT Chamber. Baseball embraces everyone and Comerica Park stands as a gathering place that brings our communities together.”
Major professional sports leagues have made significant efforts to celebrate gay pride in recent years, as more sports figures have either come out or expressed their ally status, lending greater visibility to the LGBT community.
Last month, all four major sports leagues — the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, as well as the WNBA — were represented in the New York City gay-pride parade, with retired umpire Dale Scott, who is openly gay, riding on the MLB float.
Billy Bean, a former Tiger, was named MLB's "Ambassador for Inclusion" in 2014.
In Detroit, Detroit City FC has worn special pride uniforms for several years, while the Pistons, at the urging of Reggie Bullock — whose sister, Mia Henderson, was a member of the transgender community, before she was tragically murdered in Baltimore in 2014 — have held a Pride Night. The Red Wings participate in the NHL's "Hockey Is For Everyone" diversity initiative.
Nationally, in June, Minnesota United's Collin Martin of Major League Soccer announced he was gay, becoming the only current active athlete in a major U.S. sport to be out, and just the third ever. He joins former NBA player Jason Collins and retired MLS player Robbie Rogers.