On Sunday, Major League Baseball celebrated LGBTQ Pride by sponsoring a float in the New York march that included former player Billy Bean and umpire Dale Scott, both openly gay. MLB’s Twitter feed sent out the news to its 8.39 million followers.
The first comment came from a fan who wrote: “Ok I’m done with you MLB. Don’t use your platform to push a certain agenda”
To which the MLB account replied: “No agenda, just peace and acceptance. Bye.”
Perfect. No apologies or backsliding or trying to appease someone who is both ignorant and homophobic. And no regret over losing a fan, though I bet his boycott lasts about a week.
New York’s Pride march was awash in sports, with the MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA and NFL all participating. The UFC sent three openly LGBTQ fighters, Tecia Torres, Sijara Eubanks and Nina Ansaroff, to march with the Outsports contingent. And tennis legend Billie Jean King was the march’s grand marshal.
The participation of so many leagues is a sign that they realize that LGBTQ people are a part of sports in the 21st century. Comments like the one by the fan about MLB’s float shows a breed that is still in existence but hopefully becoming extinct.