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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MLB names Billy Bean its first ambassador for inclusion

Billy Bean should not have written that book.

One year after Major League Baseball issued a policy prohibiting players from harassing and discriminating against others players based on their sexual orientation, Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former outfielder Billy Bean to be MLB’s first ambassador for inclusion.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, following Selig’s annual Town Hall Chat on the set of the MLB.com stage at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Selig and Bean were accompanied by Lutha Burke, the sister of the late former Major League outfielder Glenn Burke.

In his new role, Bean, who made public his homosexuality in 1999, will provide guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout Major League Baseball. He will work with Major and Minor League clubs to encourage equal opportunity in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Workplace Code of Conduct.

Bean also will develop educational training initiatives against sexism, homophobia and prejudice and will be present at annual industry events, including the Winter Meetings and the MLB-MLBPA Rookie Career Development Program.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy bean, gay rights, lgbt

 

 

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