Billy Bean holds the position of Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion. His responsibility is to bring awareness and educational resources to all players, managers, coaches, umpires, minor leaguers, and stakeholders in MLB to ensure an equitable and inclusive workplace for everyone.
Billy played major league baseball from 1987 to 1995. He broke into the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers, and tied a major league record with 4 hits in his first big league game. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. He is the author of the book, “Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Major League Baseball.”
Billy was born in Santa Ana, California and was a multi-sport star at Santa Ana High School, where he was chosen “Athlete of the Year” and Valedictorian of his graduating class. He was an “All-America” outfielder twice before graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration.
Billy is also vice-chairman of The StandUp Foundation (the largest anti-bullying foundation in the United States and Europe). He has been role model to the LGBT community, and a featured keynote speaker all across the country since his story coming out story grabbed national headlines in 2000. He is a founding member of the LGBT Sports Coalition created to assist all athletes of diversity.
Billy was elected to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. He is devoted to fitness, competitive tennis, and anyone who loves baseball.
A new program that highlights the most challenging moral and ethical issues in American sports life today. June 2 at 7 p.m.
Billy Bean, MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion, will discuss the important issue of tolerance, diversity and inclusion in sports.