Major League Baseball appointed Billy Bean, an openly gay former player, as a consultant in guiding the sport toward full LGBT inclusion.
As more and more athletes open up about being gay, creating a strong impact on the LGBT movement in sports, it is important to remember and recognize those who have been out for many years
Today, GLAAD released "Out of the Closet: Onward to Victory," a graphic that celebrates lesbian, trans, bi, and gay athletes whose visibility has furthered equality.
An online petition is asking the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to honor Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, despite a previous refusal to do so. Around 22,000 signatures on the petition, as well as the (at least) eleven teams that have made It Gets Better videos, and the three MLB players and their families who posed for the NOH8 campaign in the spring, indicate that baseball fans and players support LGBT inclusivity within the sport.