Sunday, April 7, 2013

Billy Bean Out At The Park Event

Now that baseball season has begun San Diego LGBT Pride has announced its annual Out At The Park event & Tailgate Party will take place Saturday, April 27th. This year will include a special guest appearance & remarks by former Padres player Billy Bean who publicly came out as gay after his retirement from Major League Baseball. Stephen Whitburn, San Diego LGBT Pride’s Interim General Manager stated, “It’s important that we at Pride continue to create safe spaces for the LGBT community to come together. Sporting events have a history of not being very LGBT inclusive & we’ve set out to help change that. We’re honored to be able to bring in a gay role model & former professional athlete like Billy Bean with the hopes it will encourage other athletes to come out.” Billy Bean added, "I keep thinking that if there is a gay player in either one of the dugouts that night & if they see me, how it might affect them? If I had seen a former player, walk on a major league field, who was openly gay, while I was playing, I know that I would've never quit.” Pride’s Tailgate Party begins at 2:30P with food, drinks, & remarks by Billy Bean. Out at the Park with San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants begins at 5:40P with a section of the stadium reserved for the group. For Info & Tix:
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