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Billy Bean is the ambassador for inclusion for Major League Baseball. He played parts of six seasons from 1987-95 for the Tigers, Dodgers and Padres.

  • November 13 9:51 PM ET

    Batboy Clark's courage an example for players

    Spenser Clark, a 22-year-old Nationals batboy, reached out to Billy Bean, MLB's ambassador of inclusion. (AP)Last week my phone rang, and on the other end of the line was a young man named Spenser Clark. He introduced himself, and quickly shared that he is a senior at Howard University who has been employed by the Nationals as a batboy for the last two years. He also told me he is gay. More»
  • August 24 2:07 PM ET

    Minor Leaguer Denson joins list of trailblazers

    David Denson reached out to MLB ambassador Billy Bean before coming out to his teammates.About five months ago, I received a text message from a young man who wrote that he was a player in the Milwaukee Brewers' Minor League system. The message was polite and brief, simply asking if I would be willing to call him back. When we spoke, it was clear he was a little nervous. He asked me a few questions about my job, made a little small talk about the upcoming season and then he said something I'll never forget. He said, "Billy, we are the same." More»
  • July 17 2:27 PM ET

    One year later, progress evident at All-Star Game

    In the midst of all the action over All-Star Week, I got a text that read, "Hey Billy, Happy Anniversary!" I'd forgotten it was only a year ago that Commissioner Emeritus, Bud Selig, announced my return to baseball at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota as MLB's Ambassador of Inclusion. More»Wendy Lewis speaks at All Lives Matter summit
  • June 26 6:32 PM ET

    Celebrating a momentous day in U.S. history

    People cheer from the steps of the Washington, D.C., courthouse after Friday's historic ruling. (AP)For anyone in the LGBT community, the journey toward marriage equality has been filled with some highs, but mostly lows. One state would pass its support of same-sex marriage, and then another would take those rights away. The angry arguments on TV interpreting religious beliefs were always disappointing and confusing for a community that was only looking to make a commitment in the eyes of the law. It was an emotional tug of war that would seemingly never end. On Friday morning, it finally did. More»
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