Billy Bean is the ambassador for inclusion for Major League Baseball. He played parts of six seasons from 1987-95 for the Tigers, Dodgers and Padres.
|A message of inclusion and acceptance of all nationalities, cultures and ethnicities was conveyed at the first Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference at the Vatican.
|Monday represented a banner day for baseball and the LGBT movement.
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|Last week my phone rang, and on the other end of the line was a young man named Spenser Clark. He introduced himself, and quickly shared that he is a senior at Howard University who has been employed by the Nationals as a batboy for the last two years. He also told me he is gay.
|About five months ago, I received a text message from a young man who wrote that he was a player in the Milwaukee Brewers' Minor League system. The message was polite and brief, simply asking if I would be willing to call him back. When we spoke, it was clear he was a little nervous. He asked me a few questions about my job, made a little small talk about the upcoming season and then he said something I'll never forget. He said, "Billy, we are the same."
|In the midst of all the action over All-Star Week, I got a text that read, "Hey Billy, Happy Anniversary!" I'd forgotten it was only a year ago that Commissioner Emeritus, Bud Selig, announced my return to baseball at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota as MLB's Ambassador of Inclusion.
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|For anyone in the LGBT community, the journey toward marriage equality has been filled with some highs, but mostly lows. One state would pass its support of same-sex marriage, and then another would take those rights away. The angry arguments on TV interpreting religious beliefs were always disappointing and confusing for a community that was only looking to make a commitment in the eyes of the law. It was an emotional tug of war that would seemingly never end. On Friday morning, it finally did.
|Starting with the great Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers' history of social conscience speaks for itself, and they should be commended for their leadership. They knew that inviting the only living openly gay former player to participate in an Old-Timers Game would send a powerful message of acceptance and I didn't want to let them or anyone else down.
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|Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean provides insight into his visit to Mets camp on Tuesday and his thoughts on comments made by Daniel Murphy.
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|Major League Baseball ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean shares his thoughts on the eve of MLB Network Presents: Billy Bean, a special documentary detailing the life of the former big leaguer who once struggled with the decision to come out as gay.
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