MLB commissioner Bud Selig has appointed former major leaguer Billy Bean as the first “ambassador for inclusion.”
Bean–not to be confused with A’s general manager Billy Beane–played six seasons in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995, and in 1999 revealed that he was gay.
Here’s what the new role entails, via Alyson Footer of MLB.com:
Provide guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout Major League Baseball. He will work with major and minor league clubs to encourage equal opportunity in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Workplace Code of Conduct. Bean also will develop educational training initiatives against sexism, homophobia and prejudice and will be present at annual industry events, including the Winter Meetings and the MLB-MLBPA Rookie Career Development Program.
Earlier this month Bean was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.