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Mets schedule 'Pride Night' for August 13 vs. the Padres

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The New York Mets will host their first-ever "Pride Night" recognizing the LGBT community at Citi Field on August 13.

More than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baseball fans are expected to attend the 7:10 p.m. ET game against the San Diego Padres.

"New York is the most diverse and inclusive city in the world, and the Mets welcome all fans throughout the season," Mets executive VP Lou DePaoli said in a statement. "We are particularly proud to welcome the LGBT community on Pride Night at Citi Field."

Said David Kilmnick, LGBT Network CEO: "Bullying is still a major league problem for LGBT youth. Over 82 percent report being verbally and physically harassed in the past year. It's not only the school hallways where our young people report feeling unsafe, but also on the ball field. We are grateful and thankful to Major League Baseball for taking the lead in professional sports including the LGBT community in its diversity priorities and initiatives. As a lifelong Mets fan, I am proud the the New York Mets are not only the defending National League champions, but the champion of the New York sports world in making sure that everyone is welcomed and celebrated at Citi Field."