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.