Boston sports club to open its doors to transgender men and women
A Boston sports bar will open its gates to transgender people starting this week, a move that will allow transgender men to join their friends and family.
The bar, located at the Boston Red Sox’s home stadium in Fenway, will open to the public in October.
It will have an area for guests to shower and wash their bodies.
It will also allow transgender people to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity.
The owners of the Red Sox announced the change in a news release.
The Red Sox, who are the most successful baseball team in the world, are the only major American league team to openly acknowledge its LGBT fans, including transgender fans.
The team’s owners, the Red Wings, have been criticized for their lack of support for LGBT rights, though owner Mike Ilitch and team president Mike Ilitches son, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, have stood by the team.
The team has been a staunch supporter of the rights of LGBT athletes, including its former professional baseball player Matt Holliday, who in 2013 became the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports.
A number of Boston-area sports teams, including the Red and Boston Bruins, have announced support for trans rights.
The Red Sox have signed onto the Red Men’s Basketball Association, a national league for transgender basketball players.
The Fenway Bar, which will be named after Red Sox owner Mike Redding, was founded in 2015 by brothers Bill and Joe DiPietro.
The brothers say they want to open a place where trans people can be treated with respect.
“It’s important to me that this is a welcoming place for all people.
We want to be inclusive,” Bill DiPimento said.