Oakland A’s Choose APEB for Their First LGBTQ Pride Night

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Baseball team the Oakland A's made local history by announcing their first every LGBTQ pride night which will be occurring on June 17, 2015. The Oakland A's selected AIDS Project of the East Bay as their charity of choice for its long history in providing services to the community.

AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB) is delighted to announce that on June 17, the Oakland A’s baseball team will host their first-ever Pride Night at the O.co Coliseum in support of the LGBTQ community, donating a portion of proceeds to AIDS Project East Bay (APEB).

“AIDS Project of the East Bay is enormously grateful that the Oakland A’s selected our organization for their first ever Pride Night, assisting us in continuing to reach out a helping hand to the often forgotten LGBTQ communities outside of San Francisco who need us more than ever,” said APEB Executive Director Dr. Miriam Y. Vega.

APEB has been serving the East Bay for over 30 years, reaching into one of the nation’s most diverse communities to provide medical care, access to life saving drugs, housing, financial assistance and mental health support. APEB's clinic provides primary health care services, assistance with medications, mental health counseling and a variety of alternative and supplemental health care services for both adults and youth. Our services, while open to everyone in the community, have also been specifically designed for LGBTQ community members who often don’t have anywhere else to go to for their mental and physical health needs, including support groups.

While the announcement of the Oakland A’s bold stand in demonstrating solidarity with the LGBTQ population was initially marred by the negative reactions of a small number of season ticket holders, the generous and supportive response of social media powerhouse Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of A's Pitcher Sean Doolittle, who offered to buy back and distribute tickets of those season ticket holders who felt uncomfortable, highlighted the Oakland A’s and Bay Area’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ individuals. AIDS Project of the East Bay has been at the forefront of battling HIV/AIDS for over three decades in Oakland, which is often overshadowed in terms of resources and attention by its neighbor San Francisco, yet despite these obstacles, APEB continues to build up its services for LGBTQ community members who often face major obstacles to accessing healthcare services. Part of the proceeds we receive from the Oakland A’s LGBT Pride Night will go towards enhancing our transgender drop in center called T.R.A.C.Y House (Transgender Resources And Center for Youth), improving and expanding the services provided by our in-house medical clinic and our new mobile STD testing unit, and growing our highly-regarded Brothaz Connexion program, which provides a safe confidential space for gay/bisexual, same gender loving men of color.

Come out to the baseball game on June 17 and support the LGBTQ community. Let’s Play Ball!

AIDS Project of the East Bay is a 501c3 Community Based Organization.Now in our thirty-third year of operation, APEB is the East Bay’s leading community-based organization devoted to HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment. Please visit our website at http://www.apeb.org to learn about our services and donate to the cause.

Media Contact: Camryn Crump 510.663.7979 (x167) ccrump(at)APEB(dot)org

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