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When one stadium announced LGBT Pride Night, angry fans sold their tickets. So she bought them all.

"If attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!"

When one stadium announced LGBT Pride Night, angry fans sold their tickets. So she bought them all.

After the Oakland Athletics announced on social media that they would be hosting their first ever "LGBT Pride Night," they got some backlash from fans who weren't feeling it.

A number of fans let loose on the team's Facebook and Twitter feeds, rattling off offensive, ignorant, and often homophobic responses such as:

  • "Are the players going to prance from base to base? Is the starting pitcher going to literally throw like a girl on purpose? Is the team going to have rainbow theme uniforms."
  • "Parents, please note this is not a game you want to take your kids to."
  • "What other fetishes are we going to recognize at ballgames?"

The team stood by the decision, however, with the team's vice president of sales of marketing telling the San Francisco Chronicle: "I think you can find a few people on Twitter to backlash against anything. The wide majority of our fans will be supportive or have no opinion."


Eireann Dolan, who is dating A's pitcher Sean Doolittle, wasn't about to let the negativity of others keep the team from having a successful Pride night. So she offered to buy tickets from the angered fans.

Prepare for these two to become your new favorite people in the entire world:

On her "Thank You Based Ball" blog, Dolan laid out her proposal:

"So, A's fans; if attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!

If you'd like to sell your tickets to June 17th's LGBT Pride Night game, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked.

From there, I will donate any tickets I purchase to the Bay Area Youth Center's Our Space community for LGBTQ youth."
— Eireann Dolan




Her plan was a hit with fans. It was so successful that she started a GoFundMe page to raise money for additional tickets for the LGBTQ youth community center.

Dolan and Doolittle agreed to match all donations up to $3,000. In less than a day, the page had already exceeded its $6,000 goal.

She also provided a bit of an explanation of why this issue is so dear to her heart: her mom. Or, rather, moms.

"Many people don't know this about me, but I have two moms. My biological mom Kathy and her partner Elise (who grew up in the Bay Area) are both die-hard A's fans as well as super gay. Like, they're so gay for each other that they've fostered a long-term loving relationship likely no different from any heterosexual loving relationships you've seen or been a part of."

While this is the A's first ever Pride game, other teams have been doing it for years.

The Chicago Cubs' Pride games date back to 2001, and the team has been really involved in the city's LGBT community.

The San Francisco Giants have held LGBT games for more than a decade.


And last year, Major League Baseball hired their first Ambassador for Inclusion, former player Billy Bean.



The overwhelmingly positive response to Dolan's plan is just the latest sign of progress in the world of baseball.

While there's not yet an active "out" LGBTQ baseball player, it's great to see MLB taking strong steps to make sure LGBTQ people are welcome, both on the field and off.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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