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I say it's about time for the MLB to do this.
From ThinkProgress LGBT:

Major League Baseball announced today that its new Collective Bargaining Agreement will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The NFL made the same change back in September. While the protections don’t automatically change the atmosphere of locker rooms, it ensures that should a player come out, his career will not be in jeopardy. There are currently no openly gay baseball players in the MLB.

Joe.My.God. points out that the San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to make an “It Gets Better” video this past June. Many other baseball teams have followed suit, including the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dallas Voice:

Major League Baseball is set to ban anti-gay discrimination as part of a new collective bargaining agreement to be released today, following a request from Resource Center Dallas.

Last month, after the National Football League added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy, Resource Center’s Rafael McDonnell penned a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig calling for pro baseball to follow suit.

    Major League Baseball, which saw Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in 1947, Tuesday will announce incremental progress in another civil rights issue. The new collective bargaining agreement adds “sexual orientation” to its section on discrimination, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement told the Daily News.

    Article XV, Section A of the MLB’s expiring Basic Agreement, in effect from 2006-2011, states: “The provisions of this Agreement shall be applied to all Players covered by this Agreement without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”

McDonnell has also written a letter to the National Basketball Association calling for the NBA to ban anti-gay discrimination, but he said he has yet to receive a response.

Major League Soccer added sexual orientation protections in 2004, while the National Hockey League did so in 2005.

My sports blog at Tumblr (also reblogged at my main Tumblr blog, Justin's Political Corner) gives my take on how the homophobes will react?

Who wants to be that the anti-LGBTQ homophobic lobby (such as AFA, FRC, FotF, NOM) will claim that the “‘homosexual activist agenda’ has taken over the MLB?” I bet that will happen, if it already hasn’t.

Originally posted to JGibson on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 02:18 PM PST.

Also republished by The Wide World of Sports and LGBT Kos Community.

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  •  Good news, step by step. (4+ / 0-)
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    RIP Glenn Burke. In addition to being out, he invented the High Five.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 02:32:41 PM PST

  •  Republished to the Wide World of Sports! (0+ / 0-)
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    by JamesGG on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 02:40:40 PM PST

  •  MLB doesn't have a good record to go off of (0+ / 0-)

    on LGBTQ issues.  It is probably the most homophobic of the sports.

    The question is whether "reforms" are in name only.

    Herman Cain: The only Republican ever screwed over by the NRA.

    by AZphilosopher on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 03:27:30 PM PST

    •  MLB was the first major pro sport to support IGB. (2+ / 0-)
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      Beginning with the San Francisco Giants.

      The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

      by Orange County Liberal on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 05:03:23 PM PST

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      •  Attitudes vary around the league (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe it's fan bias, but I think my Giants do a good job. There's been an LGBT night at AT&T Park for 8 years. The Giants have held Until There's a Cure Day since 1994 -- the first HIV awareness day by any MLB club.

        Then you have the Braves. Their pitching coach yelled homophobic slurs and made vulgar gestures to a group of Giants fans back in April. He also threatened to bash in one man's teeth. He actually brandished a bat at the man. This happened when he was on the job, in uniform, during batting practice before a game.

        He was fined and suspended for 2 weeks (and put on administrative leave during the investigation). But he should've been fired and banned from the league for the threat, IMHO.

        Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

        by susanala on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 05:06:52 AM PST

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  •  Baseball following NFL's lead (3+ / 0-)
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    As you note, the NFL did so in September. The NFL's agreement was negotiated by David Boies and Theodore Olson who teams up to fight Prop 8 in California but were squaring off on opposite side representing the players and owners for the NFL. I'm glad MLB has followed suit. Sports remains one of the last great bastions of homophobia.

    It was only 1988 when MLB and commissioner Bart Giamatti fired umpire Dave Pallone after he was outed as being gay. He later joked that you could field a damn good all-star team with all the closeted gay players in major league baseball.

    "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

    by craigkg on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 04:28:48 PM PST

    •  And the sad story of Lasorda's son (0+ / 0-)

      I think Lasorda still refuses to acknowledge that Tommy Jr. was gay or that his death was caused by AIDS. That happened in the early 1990s.

      But just to be clear ... The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement was not set to expire until December, and finalizing a new CBA in-season was never anticipated. Both the NFL and MLB policy changes were tied to the expiration dates of their respective CBAs and the usual schedule for negotiating new ones.

      The NBA has been asked to add sexual orientation, but of course those talks have broken down completely for other reasons. It happens that all 3 leagues have CBAs expiring during the same  calendar year. Effectively, all 3 leagues are addressing the issue at the same time.

      Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

      by susanala on Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 05:43:47 AM PST

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