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Billy Bean        

Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion and Author of "Going the Other Way"

William Daro Bean is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1987–1989), Los Angeles Dodgers (1989), and San Diego Padres (1993–1995), as well as the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1992. Bean publicly came out as gay in 1999. In 2014, Bean was announced as Major League Baseball’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion.

Bean's official title at MLB is Vice-President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner. As a senior advisor to Commissioner Manfred, his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBT inclusion. Among his responsibilities, Bean works with MLB’s 30 clubs to bring awareness to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout baseball to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone.

Billy is a member of the MLB Owner’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and was instrumental in the development of MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ bullying prevention program, a groundbreaking educational youth campaign and partnership with ESPN. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball.

Bean has become one of the leading role models for all athletes of diversity, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the US.


Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Names Billy Bean as Vice-Chairman

ATLANTA, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Names Billy Bean as Vice-Chairman. Only Out Former Major League Baseball ...

MLB names Bean its first Ambassador for Inclusion |

Major League Baseball names former player Billy Bean as the game's first ... Selig and Bean were accompanied by Lutha Burke, the sister of the late former ...

MLB’s Billy Bean praises A’s for Pride Night event

Billy Bean, Major League Baseball’s ambassador for inclusion, said he was “thrilled to death” to be on hand Wednesday as the A’s held Pride Night at Coliseum to celebrate the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community...

Billy Bean: Helping LGBT people in baseball 'better than making the Hall of Fame'

Billy Bean left Major League Baseball as a player in 1995 in large part because he was unable at the time to reconcile his sexual orientation with his profession. Almost 20 years later he was hired by Major League Baseball as an ambassador for inclusion, being promoted recently to vice-president.

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