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Glenn Burke’s family at game as Oakland A’s honor him on LGBT Pride Night

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Glenn Burke was the first Major League Baseball player to come out to his teammates and managers during his career.
Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, but she knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in ...

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Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Dale Scott
Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay, the latest such disclosure in sports. ...

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Major League Baseball appoints Billy Bean ‘ambassador’ for inclusion

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Billy Bean
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement ...

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Major League Baseball criticizes Arizona anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has issued a statement criticizing legislation in Arizona that if enacted would add protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. ...

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MLB to strengthen policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation

Monday, July 15, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday. ...

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Former MLB pitcher: Staying in the closet is the ‘best option’ for gay athletes

Friday, March 1, 2013
Mark Knudson
DENVER -- Former Major League pitcher Mark Knudson says that gay professional athletes would serve their teams best by staying in the closet. ...

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar suspended for homophobic slur

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended from play in this week’s three-game series against the New York Yankees for displaying an anti-gay slur written on his eye black strips ...

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar: Anti-gay slur causes outrage

Monday, September 17, 2012
Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.
TORONTO, Ontario, Cananda -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took to the diamond Saturday during a game with the Boston Red Sox with "You are a faggot" written in Spanish on his eye black strips. ...

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MLB adds ‘sexual orientation’ to non-discrimination policy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced that its new Collective Bargaining Agreement includes “sexual orientation” to its non-discrimination policy. ...

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Los Angeles Dodgers: ‘It doesn’t matter which team you cheer for … It Gets Better’

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Los Angeles Dodgers is the latest Major League Baseball team to come out in support of LGBT youth by contributing their message of inspiration the the "It Gets Better" Project. ...

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