Amber Riley Represents for Dodgers' LGBT Night
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
September 30, 2013
Amber Riley had the honor of singing the national anthem alongside the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles at Friday night's Dodgers game, which marked the organization's first "LGBT Night." The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by former Dodger Billy Bean, the second MLB player to reveal that he's gay, and NBA center Jason Collins, who became the first active male professional athlete of any major North American sports team to come out publicly. Lance Bass, who came out in 2006, was also on hand to start the game with the classic, "It's Time For Dodger Baseball!"
"It means a lot," Riley says of the honor. "Glee is a show about [inclusiveness], and I learned a lot being on that show, and I think it's amazing that athletes are finally embracing that there's all different types of people in this world, so it's very important that the Dodgers did this night."
Riley is also making a lot of waves on the current season of Dancing with the Stars, in which she's quickly become a fan favorite thanks to representing for real women -- curves and all -- on the show.
"I definitely noticed that my stamina is a lot better," Riley says about her changing body due to the physically challenging rehearsals. "I definitely have noticed that I could just last a lot longer. I have a lot more energy. I'm just loving dancing. I really am loving it."
Check out the video to hear Riley's spectacular rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as her thoughts on her upcoming Charleston dance with partner Derek Hough on tonight's Dancing with the Stars!