Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

SJ Pride holding LGBT night at Sharks hockey game

Organizers of the San Jose Pride celebration have announced plans for the second annual LGBT night with the city’s Sharks hockey team. This year, they’ve also worked to engage youth in the event, which is meant to raise money for the Sunday, August 19 Pride parade and festival.

The game is set for 7 p.m., Monday, March 19 at HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose. The Sharks will be playing against the Anaheim Ducks.

In a statement, Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose Inc. board member Robert Parra said, “As a community leader, it is very important to have this event, because it supports and shows both the LGBT and non-LGBT sports community that we all enjoy watching sports, as well as building community partnership with the Sharks.”

Members of the gay-straight alliance at San Jose’s Caroline Davis Intermediate are planning to attend. The Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley donated over $200 to support the students’ attendance. Organizers said it would be the youths’ first Sharks game.

In Pride’s statement, GSA advisor Mary Melnick referred to the event as “a great opportunity” for the students “to attend a community event surrounded by like-minded folk who support and celebrate diversity as much as we do.”

Rainbow Chamber President Robert O. Robledo stated that by participating in the evening, his group’s “educating our youth that one day they may be business owners [and] supporters and that the chamber is around as a resource for their personal and professional growth.”

Tickets are still available through Pride’s website.

Pride officials said that Sharks rookie Tommy Wingels, 2011 Most Valuable Player Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and other National Hockey League players are supporting the You Can Play Project, which promotes respect for all athletes.

However, the Sharks don’t appear to have recorded an It Gets Better video supporting LGBT youth. That’s despite the encouragement of people like Sean Chapin, who prompted the San Francisco Giants baseball team to join the video project.

A search for the Sharks on the It Gets Better website yielded no results late today (Friday, March 16). Spokespeople for the Sharks didn’t respond to interview requests.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 16, 2012 @ 6:54 pm PST
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