Today Athlete Ally applauds the courage of David Denson, who made history this weekend by coming out as openly gay — the first active player affiliated with MLB to do so. The organization also applauds the respect and inclusion shown by his teammates, the Brewers, and Major League Baseball (MLB).
“The statements from MLB, the Brewers, and David Denson’s teammates show true leadership and sportsmanship,” said Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally, an organization that educates and activates professional athletes to champion LGBT equality. “Sports should be for everyone — and this weekend, the baseball community embodied that inclusion. We are proud of our partnership with MLB, and believe this moment will help lead to even more inclusive sporting communities across the board.
“Today is a day that a lot of people in sports have envisioned: an active player comes out as gay, his teammates quickly tweet genuine statements of support, major leagues welcome him into their clubhouse, and MLB supports him like they support any other player.”
To read more about Athlete Ally’s work with MLB, MLB MVP Yogi Berra, and Athlete Ally Pro Ambassadors from the world of baseball, see below:
MLB, Athlete Ally partner to promote inclusion
Yogi and Athlete Ally team up for LGBT equality
Brandon McCarthy Becomes First Active MLB Player to Join Athlete Ally
Athlete Ally Partners with San Diego Padres to Highlight Allyship
MLB Icon Joe Torre Signs Athlete Ally Pledge
Athlete Ally’s mission is to educate and activate athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality. Founded in 2012, Athlete Ally has worked with the NBA, WNBA, and MLB on matters of respect and inclusion; led the Principle 6 campaign that convinced the International Olympic Committee to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter; and counts more than 100 college, professional, and Olympic athletes among its dedicated and active Ambassadors. www.athleteally.org