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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