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Glenn Burke’s family at game as Oakland A’s honor him on LGBT Pride Night

Billy Bean, right, MLB Ambassador for Inclusion, meets with Carol Williams, sister of Glenn Burke, prior to the baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.
Billy Bean, right, MLB Ambassador for Inclusion, meets with Carol Williams, sister of Glenn Burke, prior to the baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.
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A check for $23,250 was presented by Bean, Doolittle and Dolan to Our Space, AIDS Project East Bay and Frameline, a distributor of award-winning lesbian and gay films and videos to educational and community groups.

By Wednesday, Dolan had raised $37,370 – far beyond her initial $10,000 goal – on the website www.gofundme.com to raise money for members of Our Space, an LGBT youth center, and others to attend Pride Night. She also made a commitment with Doolittle to match up to $3,000 raised.

“I’m over the moon,” Dolan said. “These are people who would not have otherwise been able to go to a baseball game. That’s what I love the most. I’m spending the night trying not to cry.”

Dolan, raised for part of her life by two moms who coincidentally are A’s and Padres fans, also made quite the offer to those fans who didn’t want to attend. Sell her the tickets, she would buy as many of them as she could at face value and donate them to Our Space.

“I’m just thrilled to be here and be supportive of her and just remind her of how generous that was,” Bean said of Dolan. “For me, knowing what it felt like, even on the field, feeling like I didn’t belong. And so I just buried my secret farther and farther, I was afraid to tell my own family. And I chose to leave baseball before I had the talk with my own parents.”

Also for Wednesday’s sold-out game, 24-year-old transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclaire sang the national anthem. There were special rainbow wristbands and pins made for the evening in support of the LGBT community – and even a rainbow-colored scoreboard for Oakland’s lineup.

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The 24-year-old Sinclaire has been told she is the first transgender woman to sing the anthem at a U.S. professional sports venue.

“I know there’s been drag queens. I’m not a drag queen,” said Sinclaire, who has been transitioning for six years. “I think I am probably the first. … It means a lot. I feel very honored. I used to be homeless in New York City. I think from being homeless to getting my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree to this, it’s just kind of mesmerizing to me to have such a group of people that support me and love me and want to see me succeed. I’m so thankful for them.”

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