Trans woman throwing first pitch at Jays-Orioles game

Rachel Lauren Clark is throwing a ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays-Baltimore Orioles game at the Rogers Centre on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Photo: Twitter/@PrideToronto)
Rachel Lauren Clark is throwing a ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays-Baltimore Orioles game at the Rogers Centre
on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Photo: Twitter/@PrideToronto)

A trans woman is throwing an historic ceremonial pitch ahead of the Blue Jays-Orioles matchup at the Rogers Centre Thursday.

“I’m very pleased to represent the LGBT community and especially transgender and genderqueer people, for whom which going out to the baseball game is not always accessible,” Pride Toronto’s board secretary Rachel Lauren Clark said in a statement.
The move comes four years after Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for an anti-gay message in his eye black.
“I hope this historic moment will send a message that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity will, as Robert Frost once eloquently put, ‘never feel more at home than at a ballgame,” said Clark.

The first pitch is being thrown in the midst of Toronto’s inaugural Pride Month, designed to unite and empower people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
-Kelly Roche
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