ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The third annual Pride Night at Frontier Field took place Wednesday evening with the Rochester Red Wings playing against the Omaha Storm Chasers.
General manager of the Rochester Red Wings Dan Mason said Pride Night is about inclusivity.
“Baseball and Frontier Field are for everyone. It’s not just for baseball fans or certain segments of our population, it’s for everybody and we want to make sure that everyone in our community feels welcome coming to Frontier Field, coming to a Red Wings game,” Mason said. “And we know that anyone who comes to a game, whether they love baseball or they don’t love baseball — we know that it’s our job to make sure that everybody has a great time.”
A moment of silence was held at the start of the game for local LGBTQ-Plus advocate Evelyn Bailey. Aggy Dune performed at the stadium — Dune said it’s a huge loss for the community.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we’re here, but we’re also here to celebrate her in the same vein,” said Dune.
Dune said Bailey helped so many locally and pushed for equality. Fred Genett said events like this might make it easier for LGBTQ-Plus folks struggling to feel accepted.
“I hope it’s easier. With the way things are going nationally, it’s kind of scary,” he said, referring to the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade.
Andrew Moran feels other rights could be next. He said Frontier Field doing this is a much-needed boost for everyone.
“Just seeing the support in the community is just more important now than ever,” said Moran.
Dune said, increasingly, representation and visibility matter. “Having us at the Red Wings game is just the biggest thing Rochester can do for us, so here we are.”
Hosting a Pride Night for the LGBTQ-Plus community, he said, is a way to open the doors for folks who might discover they enjoyed the game, and come again.
“It’s a great environment — it’s a really unique environment. It’s one of the more electric atmospheres that we have for any game during the entire season,” he said.