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Tampa Bay Rays wear Pride Night rainbow logos, but Jason Adam, Brooks Raley, Jalen Beeks, Jeffrey Springs, Ryan Thompson opt out

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Several Tampa Bay Rays players have decided not to wear rainbow-colored logos on their uniforms as part of the team’s annual “Pride Night” on Saturday, which recognized the LGBTQ community.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash made the remarks after Sunday’s game, saying he did not think it would negatively affect the club because the discussions between the players in recent weeks have been constructive and stressed the value of different perspectives.

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“First and foremost, I think the organization did a very good job of supporting Pride Night in our gay community to go out and have a great night at the stadium,” Cash said. “I was impressed that our players had these conversions and we want to support our players who choose to wear or not to wear to the best of our ability.”

Comforter Jason Adam was among those chosen to opt out, saying it was a “faith-based decision” for him.

“It’s exactly what we believe is the way of life that He (Jesus) encouraged us to live for our own good, not to rule it out,” Adam told Tampa Bay Times. “But we love these men and women, we care about them and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.”

Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers passed a law signed by Gov. Ron de Sandis that bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through elementary school. Critics argue that the law’s true intent is to marginalize LGBTQ individuals and their families.

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Members of the LGBTQ community participated in pre-game activities and were given mini LGBTQ flags to fans.

Saturday’s spectators were 19,452, above the season average of 16,868. Attendance at Sunday’s final of the series against the Chicago White Sox was 11,162.

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