Among the four major professional sports leagues, there are no active players who identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.

The issue of coming out as an active player is one that Billy Bean, a former Major League Baseball journeyman and now the league’s vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, knows all too well.

Bean played for four different Major League teams in a career that spanned from 1987 to 1995.

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Bean came out in 1999, becoming only the second professional baseball player after Glenn Burke to come out on a public level.

Bean now serves as the league’s first ambassador for inclusion, providing guidance and training related to efforts to support the LGBTQ community after being recruited back in 2014.

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