The St. Louis Cardinals’ decision to have Lance Berkman speak at its upcoming “Christian Day” has drawn ire from one local LGBT group. Pride Center of St. Louis said it was “disappointed” the team would allow Berkman to speak at the event due to his “divisive and demeaning” views.
The Pride Center released the following statement to Outsports:
“Pride St. Louis is disappointed by the decision of the St. Louis Cardinals to provide a public platform for Berkman, an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBTQ+ are divisive and demeaning. We know that the Cardinals can do better, and we want to extend an offer to help them by co-organizing their official LGBT Pride Night at Busch Stadium. Let’s work together to promote love, diversity, and inclusion.”
Berkman spoke out against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure aimed at protecting Houston’s LGBT residents in 2015. He appeared in an ad denouncing the law, which allowed transgender individuals to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.