Major League Baseball Adds Sexual Orientation Protections

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. Watch them:



The Dallas Voice reports that Rafael McDonnell of Resource Center Dallas it to credit for urging MLB to make this decision.