Despite some ugly tweets from ticked-off Cardinals fans, professional sports has made amazing progress in the last year or so, both in reaching out to the LGBT community and in actually standing up for our rights. As we head into Game One of the World Series tonight (its like the Oscars of baseball but with no red carpet or Billy Crystal), we thought it’d be appropriate to thank all the Major League Baseball players, teams, managers and owners who have helped create a more inclusive and gay-positive wide world of sports.
Above, check out the San Francisco Giants contribution to the It Gets Better Project: “We speak for the entire Giants organization when we say there is no place in society for hatred and bullying against anyone,” says pitcher Barry Zito. (Detroit hasn’t done one yet but there is a petition out there. Maybe openly gay ex-Tigers outfielder Billy Bean can help.)
We all have LGBT friends who are sports fanatics, but until recently it hasn’t really felt like there’s been a place for us as a community in the bleachers. That’s rapidly changing—from LGBT nights at various stadiums to pro athletes who are even more outspoken on marriage equality than we are. (That’s Giant’s pitcher Matt Cain and his wife, Chelsea, in a No H8 photo above.)
It would be unsportsmanlike for us to openly root for the Giants—even though our corporate bosses live in SF—so we’ll just say we hope everyone plays a good game.
And that maybe next year someone playing in the World Series has come out and said he plays for our team.
Photo: Adam Bouska