Major League Baseball teams under fire from anti-gay fans for taking a stand on LGBT bullying

Several MLB teams including the New York Yankees were critisised for showing support to bullied LGBT youth

Major League Baseball teams under fire from anti-gay fans for taking a stand on LGBT bullying
20 October 2013

Major League Baseball teams who showed their support to stop LGBT bullying on Spirit Day have been criticised by homophobic fans.

Several teams, including the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, changed their images on social media to include a purple border to to match the color of Spirit Day.

They also sent out a message on Twitter reading: ‘Go purple for #SpiritDay 10/17! Support LGBT youth and stand against bullying. Join us now:’

However, the message to stop anti-gay bullying did not go down well with many baseball fans, who reacted with anger over social media.

Messages on the Facebook group of the Atlanta Braves were particularly homophobic.

One fan said: ‘How about leaving politics and promotion of an immoral lifestyle out of baseball. Just because you played like sissies against the Dodgers doesn’t mean you have to promote them.’

Another said: ‘Well, I pulled my son from Boy Scouts due to their support of homosexuality and now guess I am no longer a Braves fan. And yes I will remove myself and refrain from supporting any organization or people who support LGB groups no matter the age!’

Comments left on the pages of other teams included: ‘LGBTwhatevers are the true bullies’ and ‘No! This is wrong! I do not support! Will officially be un-liking this organization if this is what your supports are!’

Despite the anti-gay comments left by some fans, there were others who congratulated the MLB teams for taking a stand against homophobic bullying.

The Facebook page for the New York Yankees saw many fans calling out the anti-gay comments and thanking their team for their support to LGBT youth, saying: ‘great job Yankees and MLB for supporting this great cause!’



Team New York Acquatics dominates Polopalooza

Team New York Acquatics dominates Polopalooza

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.
No thumbnail available

Australian gay rugby team will be first to play as part of a pro-sporting match this Sunday

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium
No thumbnail available

I became a dad... and then found out I was HIV positive

In the most tumultuous two months of his life, Greg Guelda split from his partner, adopted his daughter, and then found out he’d become HIV positive
No thumbnail available

Obama budget includes spousal benefits for all married gay couples

President proposes a major change to the Social Security Act
No thumbnail available

Homophobe gets beaten up by two gay men he called ‘queers’

A video of a homophobe getting beaten up by two black gay men in the US has been posted to a hip hop website in what may be another sign of changing attitudes among African Americans and hip hop fans
No thumbnail available

Nigerian LGBTIs launch online petition slamming ‘Jail the Gays’ bill

Human rights groups in Nigeria, and Nigerian LGBTI rights groups abroad, condemn 'Jail the Gays' bill and call for its immediate withdrawal
No thumbnail available

Despite Russia anti-gay laws and bomb threats, Milk filmmakers appear at St. Petersburg film fest

Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen present hand sewn rainbow flag at closing ceremony
No thumbnail available

Dashing through the snow: Europe's 7 gayest Christmas markets

Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg
No thumbnail available

Soccer pro Robbie Rogers and TV producer Greg Berlanti have broken up

Says Rogers: 'We’re no longer dating but we’re friends'
No thumbnail available

Lifting DADT has helped, not harmed the US military

Academic study one year on from repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ shows no negative impact on US forces from having openly gay fighters