The announcement of the Los Angeles Dodgers decision to re-invite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an anti-Catholic LGBTQ group, to their upcoming Pride Night festivities sparked controversy and resulted in a significant backlash. Initially, the inclusion of the self-proclaimed “trans nuns” from the left-wing group on the honoree list drew criticism. The situation escalated further when the Dodgers removed the Sisters from the guest list, causing LA Pride to withdraw from the event. However, the Dodgers experienced a complete reversal in their stance, adding that they “will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves,” which drew criticism from many social media users. Critics also raised concerns about the Dodgers’ social media not featuring the highly offensive visuals of middle-aged gay men portraying “drag nuns,” as it is likely to offend a large part of their fandom.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, also known as the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, is an anti-Catholic and far-left LGBTQ organization that organizes protest activities and street-drag performances. They employ drag and religious symbolism for shock value and to target the Catholic faith, and religious faith as a whole, and most major religions consider their hyper-sexual lifestyle to be a sin or objection to their faith. Originating in San Francisco in 1979, the small group of gay men started dressing as Catholic nuns in public settings.
The Dodgers would take to Twitter, saying:
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families,” the organization said.
“We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th. We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades.
“In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen the ties that bind and use our platform to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.”
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 22, 2023
According to Fox News:
The team faced initial uproar for inviting the left–wing group of so-called “trans nuns” from their honoree list and then more piling on after it removed them from the list of guests. After LA Pride announced it was pulling out of festivities, the Dodgers did another 180.
In its latest reversal, the Dodgers faced more scrutiny.
The MLB team initially announced that it would be honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of “queer and trans nuns,” during a June 16 event, but quickly received backlash from religious groups for the decision given the history of anti-Catholic messaging and shocking performances.
The Dodgers’ decisions on the anti-Catholic group come amid a trend of well-known companies being called out for sponsoring individuals with controversial viewpoints and lifestyles.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision to re-invite the controversial Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to their Pride Night festivities ignited a firestorm of criticism and backlash. Initially including the “trans nuns” on the honoree list drew objections, but their subsequent removal and the withdrawal of LA Pride intensified the controversy. The Dodgers’ subsequent reversal, accompanied by promises to educate themselves and support their LGBTQ+ partners, received further scrutiny on social media. Critics also highlighted the absence of offensive visuals on the team’s social media platforms, expressing concerns about the potential offense to a significant portion of their fanbase.