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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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Mark Knudson

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

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

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 during last Saturday's home game against the Boston Red Sox. [ Read more → ]
Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.

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

Monday, September 17, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Boston Red Sox: ‘It’s OK to be your own unique being’

Sunday, July 3, 2011
The Boston Red Sox on Friday joined the “It Gets Better Project” and “The Trevor Project” in producing a video to inspire hope for young people who may be struggling adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]

Chicago Cubs ‘celebrates you for exactly who you are, gay or straight’

Monday, June 20, 2011
The Chicago Cubs on Monday released their "It Gets Better" video, becoming the second professional sports team to participate in the campaign aimed at providing encouragement for LGBT youth struggling with adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]

Seattle Mariners announce plans to record ‘It Gets Better’ video

Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Seattle Mariners on Thursday became the fourth professional sports team to announce plans to join the "It Gets Better Project," and record a video of encouragement for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox announce plans to produce ‘It Gets Better’ videos

Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox have announced that they will each produce an online video for the “It Gets Better Project,” an anti-bullying project aimed at helping LGBT youth struggling with adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]

World Series champions San Francisco Giants to LGBT youth: ‘It Gets Better’

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first major league sports team to join the "It Gets Better" project, in hopes of inspiring LGBT youth struggling with adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]
Roger McDowell

Braves pitching coach receives 2 week suspension, fine over anti-gay remarks

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Roger McDowell, the Atlanta Braves pitching coach who hurled homophobic remarks and threats at fans at a San Francisco ball game last weekend, was suspended Sunday for two weeks without pay, announced Major League Baseball. [ Read more → ]
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