Homophobic, racist tweets resurface from Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb, Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner

By : Jeremy Brener
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had several past homophobic and racist tweets resurfaced by fans July 29, overshadowing successful seasons each player was having.

Newcomb, 25, made national headlines for missing a no-hitter by one out against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday.

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Trans coach boosting visibility for girls’ baseball

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ava Benach and daughter Paloma share a love of baseball. (Photo courtesy Ava Benach)

Ava Benach signed up her daughter Paloma to play little league baseball when she was five years old. At the time, she made the erroneous assumption that eventually, Paloma would have to switch to softball.

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LGBTQ community to gather for Tampa Bay Rays Pride Night

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St. Petersburg | The Tampa Bay Rays will face off against the Seattle Mariners tonight, June 8 for the team’s 13th annual Pride Night.

Multiple area LGBTQ organizations gathered their own groups to attend to the game, and baseball and pride enthusiasts who purchased tickets ahead of the June 7 cutoff will receive a special Tampa Bay Rays pride-themed hat, seen below:

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Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billy Bean has come full circle, throwing out the first pitch for the first Mets Pride Night Aug. 13 against his former San Diego team.

Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in 1995. Now he’s Major League Baseball’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. In the past two years, he’s talked to all 30 MLB ownership groups, various teams and players about struggling with his sexuality during his career and gay and lesbian inclusion in the workplace.

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night raises $300,000 for Pulse victims

By : Alex Storer
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The Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 for the victims of the Pulse shooting at their 10th annual Pride Night against the San Francisco Giants June 17.

The team announced June 14 that all remaining tickets for the game would be $5 and that the proceeds raised for and during the game would go to the Pulse Victims Fund.

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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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Dawn Elizabeth Waters’ Switching Teams illustrates coming out later in life

By : Billy Manes
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Dawn Elizabeth Waters may not have brought her Xanax (we offered her one; she declined), but she did bring her wife Yvette for a quick sit down about her frank and, honestly, refreshing memoir Switching Teams. Publicizing her life is not really her bag, but she really wanted to present a clear, often poignant, recount of what it is to find that you are living a life that isn’t yours – that having a husband and three children, holding a real-estate license for the purpose of appearances and squelching your own reality, these are not necessarily the seeds of authenticity.

Growing past the 40-year-old line, Waters wanted to make a statement that is too often unheard, buried in the noise of normalcy or explicit overstatement. Waters is a lesbian. She’s also an ex-wife and mother of three who used to consider herself background noise in the suburban dream. She climbed out, found Yvette (who is also present for our interview), and decided to document the realities – minus the histrionics – of coming into her own and out of society’s shadows. A shock of blond hair kicked to the side and some palpable nervousness in tow, Waters knocks it out of the park with her candor and kindness.

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Screened Out – The Peanuts Movie

By : Stephen Miller
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Directed by Steve Martino

Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Snoopy, and Woodstock are classics to many of us. However, they and their comic strip – now 65 years old – may be completely foreign to little children. The trick with this movie is to balance the Peanuts we older people know and love with a flick that the kids can relate to. Because Charles M. Schultz’s characters are timeless, all one has to do is tell a charming story without screwing up too much. That’s what this movie does.

It doesn’t break any new ground or find any edge. And in many ways, it doesn’t need to. It’s exactly what you’d expect, and you’ll be happy it is.

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Altamonte Springs hosts LGBT Women’s World Series

By : Ciara Varone
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Seminole County is hosting the 2015 ASANA Softball World Series, culminating in the championship game on Oct. 24 at the Seminole County Softball Complex in Altamonte Springs. The tournament, with 57 participating teams from across the US, started Oct. 19.

Amateur Sports Alliance of North America and the Central Florida Softball League have worked with the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Foundation, Seminole County’s Tourist Development Council,and Seminole County’s Department of Leisure Services Department, to make this event possible, they said in a press release. It is expected to draw 2,000 female athletes as well as their friends and families to the area. 

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Former coaches file lawsuit saying they were fired for being gay and female

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former University of Minnesota Duluth coaches, including women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university Sept. 28, saying they lost their jobs because they’re female and gay.

Miller led the Bulldogs to five NCAA national championships, but UMD officials cited a budget deficit when they told her last December that they would not renew her contract. The others plaintiffs include former women’s softball coach Jen Banford, who was also director of operations for UMD women’s hockey under Miller, and former women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles.

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Brewers farmhand David Denson comes out

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DavidDensonMilwaukee (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story.

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First openly gay pro player, Sean Conroy, gets shutout in historic start

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SONOMA, Calif. (AP)- Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country June 25 when the sport’s first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer.

Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory during his first start with the 22-man team that is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs. The right hander struck out 11 players and allowed three hits over nine innings. 

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