Mark Bingham, Tom Daley and Billy Bean to be inducted to Sports Hall of Fame
A slew of high profile sportsmen and women will be inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Hall of fame this month, including former San Diego Padres baseball player William ‘Billy’ Bean, the late out rugby player Mark Bingham (for whom the Bingham Cup is named) and Olympic diver Tom Daley.
Bean retired in 1995 finishing off his career playing the outfield for the Padres after earlier stints in the professional league playing for the LA Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers. A left hander, Ben had a batting average of .226. Bean was never out publicly whilst playing in major league baseball. He came out as gay in 1999 – becoming the second major league player to announce they are gay.
Whilst at college, Mark Bingham was a national champion rugby player and after graduating played for the inclusive San Francisco Fog RFC. Bingham was amongst the passengers aboard United Flight 93 on September 11. He is believed to have been amongst the passengers that stormed the cockpit in an attempt to regain control of the plane. Bingham was posthumously awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Olympic diver Tom Daley made headlines in 2013 when he came out as being in a relationship with a man. The Commonwealth gold-winning and Olympic bronze medallist made history in 2009 when he became the FINA champion at the age of 15.
The induction into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will take place on July 11 in Chicago, Illinois.
The full list of inductees is below:
John Amaechi, retired NBA player;
Mark Bingham, rugby player (deceased)
Tom Daley, Olympic medal winning diver
Wade Davis, executive director of You Can Play and retired NFL player
Fallon Fox, mixed martial artist
Brittney Griner, decorated collegiate athlete, active WNBA player
Mayor George Moscone, straight ally, former Mayor of San Francisco (deceased)
Chris Mosier, founder of transathlete.com
Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer
Jerry Smith, NFL player (deceased)
Stand Up Foundation, anti-bullying non-profit organization
Gareth Thomas, retired rugby player
Esera Tuaolo, retired NFL player
The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced the fields of sports and athletics for the LGBT community.