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July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

March 25, 2014

Says one infielder: 'There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, "So what?"'

A new poll of Major League Baseball players shows that a strong majority of those surveyed believe their sport is ready to have an openly gay player.

ESPN Magazine has surveyed 143 players on a variety of topics including this question: Do you agree or disagree with Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

A solid 81% of the players said yes while just 19% said no.

September 15, 2013

In 2000, a lesbian couple was kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing

At the end of September, the Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers will sponsor its first ever LGBT night.

'We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,'  Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen said in statement.

'We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community,' Rosen added.

September 15, 2013

In 2000, a lesbian couple was kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing

At the end of September, the Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers will sponsor its first ever LGBT night.

'We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,'  Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen said in statement.

'We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community,' Rosen added.

July 17, 2013

Commissioner Bud Selig: 'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks'

If a player wants to come out publicly or to his team, Major League Baseball has adopted a 'zero-tolerance' policy for anti-gay harassment and discrimination.

'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. 'Both on the field and away from it, Major League Baseball has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.'

July 17, 2013

Commissioner Bud Selig: 'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks'

If a player wants to come out publicly or to his team, Major League Baseball has adopted a 'zero-tolerance' policy for anti-gay harassment and discrimination.

'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. 'Both on the field and away from it, Major League Baseball has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.'

July 5, 2013

'There was no avenue for me. Nobody was even on the Internet yet'

In recent months, pro soccer's Robbie Rogers and pro basketball's Jason Collins came out publicly as gay man and are contining with their playing careers.

For retired baseball pro Billy Bean, that would have been unthinkable.

June 22, 2013

After learning more about the struggles Jackie Robinson faced, Brittney Griner decided to keep his numer 42

Basketball player Brittney Griner,who came out as a lesbian this past April, proudly wears 42 on her jersey, the same number a US sports trailblazer wore.

Since high school the WNBA rookie has used the same number Jackie Robinson wore in his 10 year career on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 April.

May 11, 2013

Billie Jean King calls the 'honest and forthright' Burke the real gay male pioneer of US pro team sports

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is mighty proud that NBA player Jason Collins had the courage to come out as gay less than two weeks ago (29 April).

But King, who came out as a lesbian towards the end of her career, wants people to remember a baseball player by the name of Glenn Burke who was openly gay to his teammates, coaches and team owners in the late 70s and early 80s - and suffered badly for it.

Burke played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's but retired from the major leagues at the age of 27 after just four seasons.

May 11, 2013

Billie Jean King calls the 'honest and forthright' Burke the real gay male pioneer of US pro team sports

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is mighty proud that NBA player Jason Collins had the courage to come out as gay less than two weeks ago (29 April).

But King, who came out as a lesbian towards the end of her career, wants people to remember a baseball player by the name of Glenn Burke who was openly gay to his teammates, coaches and team owners in the late 70s and early 80s - and suffered badly for it.

Burke played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's but retired from the major leagues at the age of 27 after just four seasons.

April 12, 2013

'You would hope that it would have happened with less resistance'

Harrison Ford, currently starring in the new film 42, laments that the battle for marriage equality has been so fierce.

'We’re getting there, we’re getting there,' he says in an interview with Metro. 'You know, you would hope that it would have happened with less resistance. You would have hoped that everyone would get the point at the same time, but life’s not like that.'

April 2, 2013

NBA legend says 'we support him in every way ... We're very proud of him'

The son of NBA legend Magic Johnson came out publicly when TMZ cameras captured he and his boyfriend holding hands as they walked down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Earvin Johnson III (aka EJ), is a 20-year-old student at NYU and is in Los Angeles on spring break.

February 6, 2013

'The NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA should and can be leaders against discrimination'

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a lineback with the Baltimore Ravens, has kept his promise to use the team's Super Bowl championship to call for an end to homophobia in sports.

He is calling on straight athletes to show their solidarity with gays. He cites the example 66 years ago set by Pee Wee Reese who publicly put his arm around Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson - the first black player in major league baseball - to show the crowd that teammates are teammates regardless of the color of their skin.

December 31, 2011

Retired gay Major League Baseball star Billy Bean says 'It's going to take maybe just one special guy who can really move that ball forward'

As 2011 draws to a close, the major U.S. professional sports of football, basketball and baseball still have never had an active male player declare that they are gay.

There are still only handful who have even done so in retirement.

Among them is retired baseball pro Billy Bean who played for San Diego Padres, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 90s and came out publicly in the 2003 memoir Going The Other Way.

December 31, 2011

Retired gay Major League Baseball star Billy Bean says 'It's going to take maybe just one special guy who can really move that ball forward'

As 2011 draws to a close, the major U.S. professional sports of football, basketball and baseball still have never had an active male player declare that they are gay.

There are still only handful who have even done so in retirement.

Among them is retired baseball pro Billy Bean who played for San Diego Padres, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 90s and came out publicly in the 2003 memoir Going The Other Way.