Only Texas Rangers baseball team refuses to host ‘Pride Night’

There is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that baseball’s Texas Rangers “have come under massive criticism from powerful LGBT groups for not giving up and having a night of pride,” National Review’s Nate Hochman said on “Washington Watch.”

Wait a minute, you’re thinking, this looks bad. How is this good news? Well, it’s good compared to the bad news: Every other MLB team (29 out of 30) has Hosted Pride NightAnd many of them do it “every year”. A way to go for the Texas Rangers’ brave stand against the tsunami is from corporate activism.

Hochman “spent the past two weeks researching the types of LGBT activist groups, clinics, and MLB teams they fund under LGBT-themed Pride Nights sponsorship.”

What he finds makes the Drag Queen’s story clock look like “Sesame Street.” For 20 of the 29 teams, these Pride Nights were “funding groups that were either promoting gender transsexualism to children under 12, or…in fact providing for them themselves.”

Nothing says baseball like permanently sterilizing children.

Hochman writes:

At least six of these teams have encouraged or funded organizations that lobby against restrictions on gender reassignment surgery in young people and for policies such as “gender affirmation” curricula for primary school children and “inclusive” kindergarten sports.

Five other Pride Nights teams have promoted or funded groups that provide resources, and often actively encourage, youth gender changes. Four promoted or funded groups write referrals to clinics that perform or partner with gender-transforming clinics—either through hormone-modifying medication, sex-reassignment surgery, or both—for minors.

Finally, five teams promoted or funded clinics that perform drug or surgical interventions for young men and women.

Adding insult to injury (or more accurately, denigration), Hochman warns, that transgender mud money comes straight from ticket sales. It would be bad enough if millionaire athletes dropped a few thousand dollars here and there for horrific political reasons. We all expect that. But we don’t expect it when America’s most popular hobby siphon teams are “tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars” straight from soccer sponsors.

Hey Dad, if you bring your kid to 20 games this season, we’ll be sure his classmate will get a double mastectomy at 16 for free!

This has to stop, but how? “Obviously Major League Baseball doesn’t advertise this,” Washington Watch guest Joseph Backholm said, suggesting she’s vulnerable to pressure. In fact, pressure from the transgender lobby forced her into this unreasonable behavior to begin with.

“Essentially, the LGBT mafia comes in and says, ‘Unless you give us money, we’re going to ruin your reputation…but if you give us money, we’ll go away quietly,'” Backholm suggests. This character assassination is now targeting the Texas Rangers, the last strongholds.

Hochman added that MLB executives can feel pressure from both sides. “Like a lot of corporate leaders, they are not necessarily far-left ideologues. They are just driven by the incentive structure.”

Right now, their incentives tell them to fund LGBT groups and Pride Nights. He added, “From their point of view, they will feel a lot of grief… they will be threatened by their sponsors… and they will be threatened by powerful activist groups.” “They just think that financing it is less difficult.”

The LGBT lobby may have loaded the rules, but conservatives could still escape the blast by finding a way to end the tour. “It’s up to the fans… who are basically the revenue stream for MLB, to react to that and say that’s not acceptable,” Hochman advised. “This is America’s pastime.”

Major League Baseball “gets away with ‘this’ partly because I think a lot of fans just don’t have time to pay attention.” But the choice is clear: either the fans will care, or they will inadvertently pay to fund minors’ gender reassignment surgeries.

Hochman suggested a second incision that works in conjunction with propeller-dependent pressure, to help restore MLB to its senses; It is politics. “Ron DeSantis in Florida…show Disney that there will be political consequences if they try to inflict these things on Florida kids.” Stuck between political and social pressures, baseball teams may return to playing ball.

The idea, Hochman explained, is to “turn this into an actual movement,” which changes the incentive structure of organizations like MLB, so that they realize they’re actually going to get more grief from the right and from conservatives than they do from the left and from progressives.

Building a movement takes time, commitment, and a lot of persuasion. But it is possible. And to save a generation of young people from permanent physical harm, this is necessary.

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