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An Enormous Trans Rights Banner Was Displayed at the World Series Finale, But You Didn't See It on TV

If you watched the World Series on Sunday night, you know that the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5-1 and claimed their fourth national title of the century.

Here’s something you didn’t see on TV though:

As reported by THR, fans in Dodgers Stadium unfurled an enormous banner in the stands reading “TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE TO LIVE” during the game.

The protest comes days after news that the Trump administration is potentially seeking to legally determine gender based on the genitalia you are born with.

The fans who unrolled the banner were located in the reserve section above the Dodgers’ dugout on the third base side.

The game was broadcast on Fox, and the banner didn’t make it to broadcast.

The big question is: how did this banner get past security? Banners, flags, etc. aren’t allowed in Dodgers stadium. Security is generally, obviously, even tighter than usual during the championships.

h/t: THR

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Sox Pitcher Michael Kopech Admits Hiding Old Homophobic Tweets

Hide your tweets, hide your updates. People are digging up old social media posts.

That said, this witch hunt doesn’t come up empty as now the fourth major league baseball player in two months has been connected to racist and homophobic tweets.

The baseball player of the hour this time is White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech who was caught deleting racist and homophobic tweets he made back in 2013 after screenshots of the tweets were spread online.

Again, the tweets were made in 2013 when Kopech was 17 (he’s now 22). As for the contents, they included stupid comments connecting Mexicans to rapists (sounds familiar) and upholding the whole “that’s gay” mentality.

The tweets are stupid and childish, and Kopech agrees. He says that’s why he deleted them. To explain further why he deleted the tweets, Kopech spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I had to delete some stuff," he told them. "Things I said that were immature and inappropriate. I used some poor language in there. Obviously, I'm trying to be looked at as a role model and the last thing I want to do is have some kid look at what I'm saying and take it the wrong way.

"It's unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it's not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But, obviously, people saw them. It's not who I am now and it's not who I want to be. It was something I did in high school, and with everything I've gone through in pro ball the last five seasons I feel like a big part of my career was maturing. Hate to see it, but it's not who I am anymore."

While deleting the tweets were clearly just an attempt to save face and clearly the tweets were the stupid words of an immature teenager, they still have some pretty hurtful messages. Especially the one about Mexicans.

But question is, are they worth arguing over five years later? What do you think?

Video Of Baseball Players Ozzie Albies And Ronald Acuña Jr Made Fragile Men Uncomfortable

Seems like gay men can’t catch a break. Even when we’re minding out own business, homophobes and sensitive masculine men have to mock us online.

What started all the petty talk and eventual worthwhile conversation about gender norms and masculinity? A video of two best friends, who happen to be professional baseball players, showing affection.

During a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves players Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. were caught on camera sharing an affectionate embrace inside the team’s dugout.”

Unfortunately, that light scene was then ruined by many on the internet who can’t handle the thought of two men touching each other in a none-sexual way.

That said, there were several who went to the two men’s defense and pointed out how toxic masculinity is getting in the way of men enjoying intimate and fulfilling relationships or "true brotherhood" as one Twitter account called it.

As for why the two men were embracing, neither of them has explained yet. Some believe it was a joke after teammate Sean Newcomb's no hitter.

Others shared the rumor that the sudden death of Acuña's mother was the cause. That rumor was later revealed to be inaccurate as a Braves spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle. They shared that the outfileder’s mother is alive and well.

In the end, we don’t need to know why the two men were being affectionate (as either a joke or seriously). All we need to do is celebrate that they did it, celebrate that it was shared with us all, and hope that a day will come when all men (gay, straight, or otherwise) can exhibit similar moments of comfort and connection with our male friends without toxic outcry.

h/t: Yahoo Lifestyle, Ebony Magazine

22 Major League Baseball Teams To Hold LGBT Pride Nights

With warm weather finally here for good, sports fans know the "boys of summer" are back and in full swing of baseball season.

And (most) LGBT baseball fans can look forward to at least one night out where their local team hosts an event just for them.

Outsports reports that 22 of the 30 MLB teams will be hosting some type of Pride event especially for their LGBT fans.

And if you're a Chicago Cubs fan, you get two LGBT nights (Pride Day - June 10; Out at Wrigley - August 26).

For the most part, however, the events are scheduled to coincide with Pride Month in June.

The majority of these events are coordinated with the team and local organizations, although some, like the Kansas City Royals, have a grassroots-organized Pride Night.

Eight teams, unfortunately, do not have plans to hold any special night for LGBT fans. Those include the Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers.

According to Outsports, only three teams have never had any type of Pride Night: Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.

Click here for a complete list (at this writing) of Pride Night events hosted by MLB teams this season.

And even if you don't understand the game all that well, remember there's other reasons to take in a baseball game - like the players :)

 

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Openly Gay Baseball Executive Billy Bean Befriended Formerly Homophobic Player Daniel Murphy

Billy Bean has done a great service for Major League Baseball.

Former player Billy Bean has since stepped up in sharing the news that he's befriended a man who formerly "disagreed with his sexuality.

After retiring his cap as a professional player, Bean became an exectuive in the sport. Right now, he's sitting as the Vice President in the commissioner’s office.

Though his work as an executive, Billy Bean has worked towards making the American Baseball world more LGBTQ-friendly. One way that he does that is by talking to teams about LGBTQ issues in the sport.

Of course, as OutSports reports, that can cause problems sometimes.

In 2015, baseball player Daniel Murphy stated how he “disagreed” with Bean’s sexuality after having one of those team discussions with the man.

The former New York Mets player said:

“I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.”

Not only did Bean stick to the high road by responding with, “I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth,” but he persisted in communicating with Murphy.

 

 

 

Fast forward to today, Murphy, who plays for the Washington Nationals now, says that he’s become good friends with Billy Bean.

As Bean told SNY TV in New York:

“The good part of the story is that over time, because of the interest of so many people, both sides, him and his wife contacted me and we started a friendship, and he said that I helped him to start to consider things from a different perspective and I thought it was generous of him to do that. ...”

“I’m sure that he’s never had a gay friend that’s in his current life. The fact that we have baseball in common, he can see from a distance the work that I try and do and I can watch the influence he tries to have with the platform he has.”

Billy Bean is a great example of why we need openly gay leaders in all fields of life. By being open theses leaders not only show others that its possible, but they can start discussions about LGBTQ-issues in their given field.

We want to thank Billy Bean for his efforts for both LGBTQ people and the baseball community. He’s truly a hero.

h/t: Outsports