Breanna Sinclairé Becomes First Transgender to Perform National Anthem at MLB Game
Last night, a 25-year-old opera singer made history at the Oakland A’s game when she sang the national anthem. Breanna Sinclairé, the first openly transgender woman to study and graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, became the first transgender singer to perform the national anthem at a professional sporting event.
This particular game, which pitted the A’s against the San Diego Padres, was on the A’s Gay Pride night at the Oakland Coliseum and a member of the LGBT community was specifically sought for the honor of performing the national anthem. Sinclairé, a soprano with a four-and-a-half-octave range, submitted a demo that sold her on the A’s media relations team. But even as a professional performer, she knew the impact of this performance:
“I know it’s early, but I think Caitlyn definitely opened a lot of minds,” Sinclairé said. “Sports are such a heteronormative world, and maybe my singing the anthem will open it some more.”
It’s definitely a door that’s ready to be kicked open.
And the Oakland A’s creamed the Padres, 16-2. Progress is definitely a good luck charm.
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