The Astros will remove their names from the short list of Major League Baseball teams that don't have a regular promotional night to celebrate LGBTQ pride when they host Pride Night on June 24 against the Minnesota Twins.

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Last season, the Astros and the Rangers were the only teams in baseball to not have a Pride Night.

"It's a huge statement to have a Pride Night," said Tammi Wallace, co-founder and board chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber. "There are tons of LGBTQ fans, so for us to be able to participate and be recognized in the most diverse city in the country, it's time."


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The Astros had a Pride Night in 2010, but hadn't celebrated it since. The Rangers last had a Pride Night in 2003.

77彩票网app"We recognize this is one of the most diverse cities in the country and we recognize the city has one of the strongest, if not the strongest, LGBTQ communities in the state," Astros' senior vice president for marketing and communications Anita Sehgal said at the team's annual media luncheon Tuesday.

The Chicago Cubs began the tradition in 2001 with what they called "Gay Days," and now is called Since then, most teams have followed suit. The Yankees and Angels had never had a Pride Night before they decided to make it a promotion last season.

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77彩票网appThe Astros released a logo for this year's Pride Night, which features a rainbow star with the slogan, "Baseball is for everyone."

"We reached out (to the Astros), and wrote a letter and talked about why this made a lot of sense," Wallace said. "It's about economics and it's about making sure Houston is reflected in the best light. We can't have our team not celebrating when most every other team in the league is. That obviously made sense, and I appreciate the organization embracing everyone as they say in the slogan."

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