NFL and MLB will march in NYC Pride for the first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The NFL and MLB will march in New York City Pride for the first time on June 24, according to OutSports.

The leagues will have floats and will appear in the parade along with the NHL, NBA and WNBA.

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Out MLB umpire Dale Scott retires after 32 seasons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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MLB umpire Dale Scott announced his retirement at age 58 after 32 seasons on Tuesday due to a string of concussions.

“I’m done,” Scott told the Associated Press.

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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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Long time MLB umpire comes out

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Major League umpire Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also gay and married to his partner of 28 years.

That last fact is just part of who Dale Scott is and has had no impact on his abilities as an umpire for the past 29 seasons. Yet it is understandably the one that most people will notice, because Scott is the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active (and the first out active male official in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB). This story you are reading now came about because Scott made a decision to first come out in a very quiet and understated way.

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MLB appoints Billy Bean consultant for inclusion

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality.

Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement July 15 before the All-Star game.

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LA Dodgers to host first-ever LGBT night

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Los Angeles (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender night on Sept. 27.

The team said Friday that LGBT Night Out will feature a celebrity first pitch, the national anthem performed by a special guest with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and fireworks at Dodger Stadium for the game against Colorado.

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MLB has a new agreement on gay harassment

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Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement.

The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star game festivities July 16 with the players’ union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.

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