Billy Bean announced as MLB Ambassador for Inclusion
Former Major League Baseball star and out ballplayer Billy Bean has been announced as the league’s new Ambassador for Inclusion.
Bean’s role will be to ensure an inclusive workplace for gay players and to work towards eliminating homophobia in the league and providing a supportive environment for LGBTI people across all areas of the MLB workplace.
Bean will focus not only on sexual orientation, but race, gender and other areas where MBL players and workers may face discrimination.
The appointment comes just one week after Bean was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
Bean will visit all 30 teams throughout the next twelve months as the MLB tackles ending homophobia in their clubs.
He will also be tasked with building partnerships and developing a complete program that will make baseball a model for LGBT inclusion.
"It's ironic that I am returning to baseball to help erase the reason I left," Bean told Outsports in an interview.
Bean told Outsports he is committed to making MLB a model for best practice and inclusion.
"Our work is just beginning. I want this generation’s coming out to be uplifting, happy, and inspire others to be who they are, and fulfil their true potential. At the end of the day, it's all about giving everyone the best chance to succeed, to play free of burden. I want every player and all stakeholders of MLB to know that I will be a trusted friend, whether it is for educational purposes, or simply someone who will listen if they need to talk."
Bean quit baseball in 2005.