In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle unveiled on Twitter special rainbow cleats to show his support.
The shoes are mostly red with multiple rainbow stripes across the front. And eventually, the left-handed pitcher will auction the shoes off to benefit SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that specifically supports LGBTQ youth.
Doolittle wrote in the first of three tweets:
To my LGBTQ friends and family - we love you, support you, and we’re grateful for you. I’m proud to celebrate and stand with you because everyone deserves to feel safe and free to be who they are and to love who they love. Love is love.
Happy #Pride! To my LGBTQ friends and family - we love you, support you, and we’re grateful for you. I’m proud to celebrate and stand with you because everyone deserves to feel safe and free to be who they are and to love who they love. Love is love. pic.twitter.com/RIv9Gvkket— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 1, 2019
It’s important that we continue working to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community and create welcoming, inclusive spaces for everyone. At the end of Pride Month I hope to auction these shoes to benefit @SMYALDMV. I hope you’ll consider bidding on them or supporting SMYAL! 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 1, 2019
Doolittle also shared some of his feelings about Pride Month in a short Twitter thread. In addition to expressing his support for the LGBTQ community, he said he's "grateful" that the Nationals and other teams around the league are creating an inclusive environment for baseball fans.
The Nationals' "Night OUT" is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 when Washington takes on the Chicago White Sox in the first of a two-game series this week. By purchasing a specific ticket to the game, fans will receive a t-shirt commemorating the night. $5 from every ticket sold will to go TeamDC, according to the Nats.
SMYAL will be celebrating Pride with the @Nationals on Tuesday June 4th at #NightOut!— SMYAL (@SMYALDMV) June 1, 2019
Join us for a night of community, love, and baseball!
Don't forget to stop by the Community Village and say hi to the SMYAL table.https://t.co/KdyLhZRfrX#dcpride #pride #onepursuit #gonats pic.twitter.com/OikUKeeN4e
Here’s a behind the scenes sneak peek from our commercial shoot for @SMYALDMV! The spot will air on @nbcwashington during Pride Month to promote all of the amazing work SMYAL is doing for the LGBTQ community here in DC! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/O52L1309ol— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) May 17, 2019
This is far from the first time Doolittle has shown his support for the LGBTQ community. Notably last season, he wore a "Love Wins" t-shirt during the All-Star Game parade, and he's tweeted about it multiple times in the past.
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