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Buffalo Bisons and Pride Center partnering for LGBTQ event

“Out at the Ballpark,” an evening of baseball celebrating the vibrancy of Western New York’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Community, has been scheduled for July 16 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

The event, which will take place during a game between the Buffalo Bisons and Columbus Clippers, marks the first time a professional sporting organization in Western New York has created an official event for the LGBTQ community, according to Matthew Crehan Higgins, senior director of The Pride Center of Western New York.

“The Buffalo Bisons approached us a few months back expressing their interest in creating an event that would celebrate our community,” Higgins said. “Immediately it felt like something a little different and unexpected, and certainly whenever we have mentioned it to someone they smile right away.”

Doug Scheidt, founder of the Queen City Softball League, will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, while the national anthems will be sung by Marc Sacco, winner of the 2008 Artvoice Theater Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical.

The event also will feature entertainment and trivia by and for the LGBTQ community.

Specially priced, reserved tickets are available for $12 by contacting Rob Kates at the Bisons; call 846-2032 or email Proceeds from advanced ticket sales will benefit the Pride Center.

Out at the Ballpark game tickets also will be sold during the Pride Festival on June 7.