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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Royals playoff run inspires team executive to come out

“To walk into my boss’s office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I’m still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, ‘I’m gay.’”

Through the Royals’ magical October run, that discomfort was replaced more and more by confidence. Like so many fans in places like Kansas City, Cleveland and Buffalo desperately hungry for a championship, Schulte’s whole demeanor — even his self-worth — has been affected by decades of sports disappointment.

While baseball is relegated by some to simply a “kids’ game,” for Schulte the last two months have been cathartic.

“I had family at all of the home games. I got to spend time with them. It was an awesome experience. We’ve all been Royals fans all of our lives. To go through the connections with the team, the city and my family, it made me realize it’s time to take a step forward myself and put myself out there. I had been in a rut, with the Royals and all of their difficult seasons and what I was struggling with inside.

“The Royals’ success just made me decide to be proud and just own it, to just be who I am.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: gay rights, matt schulte, royals, team executives

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Inventor of the High Five

Glenn Burke was credited with inventing the high five in 1977, early in his MLB career. Unfortunately, he was outed as a gay man that offseason, and his career and his life were both shortened.

The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: July 24, 2014 at 07:28 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, dodgers, gay rights, lgbt

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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