Today Major League Baseball (MLB) announced a new partnership with Athlete Ally to help remove homophobia and transphobia from America’s favorite pastime.
Famous Yankees manager Joe Torre has already signed a pledge to become an ally. The pledge reads:
"I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”
MLB has also appointed former player Billy Bean as MLB's first “Ambassador for Inclusion.”
According to MLB’s website, “An Athlete Ally can be any person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who takes a stand against homophobia and transphobia in sports and brings the message of respect, inclusion and equality to an athletic community.”
Last year, MLB instituted a new policy that created and distributed a workplace code of conduct to all major and minor league players, provided training sessions and created a centralized complaint system to report incidents of harassment and discrimination.