The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate their 10th annual Pride Night this year, but 2023's festivities are going awry. The team sent out a tweet on Wednesday announcing they were "removing" the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from the event, citing unspecified offense of the drag troupe's inclusion.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a "leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns," they declare on their website. "We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty."
The nonprofit group began in 1979 in San Francisco and centers philanthropy and community service. They also promote "human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit."
In response to the Dodgers' action — which was roasted on social media — the Sisters retweeted a message from Equality California.
In a statement on their Instagram account, the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence wrote, "Today, we are sad to learn the Los Angeles Dodgers have chosen to rescind their award, succumbing to pressure from persons outside the state of California and outside of our community."
The group added, "We are disappointed they have chosen to un-ally themselves with us in our ongoing service to the public, many of whom enjoy the Dodger's heroic efforts in sports."
The sisters then explain their dedicated work to marginalized groups, explaining their members include people of all genders, religions, and sexual orientations.
"We are both silly and serious. We use our flamboyance in service to our charity work and our message, which is, 'There is room in our world for each person to be who they are, as they are, free from shame or guilt, and alive in joy and love for their own self,'" the group wrote. "While we may no longer appear on Dodgers Pride Night we will be out on the streets of Los Angeles continuing to serve and uplift our community."
They added, "If being true to oneself with love, joy, and pride is a sin, then we, having been canceled by the New York Post, and now the Dodgers, will do what we always do. We will out and sin some more."