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04/19/2007


Play of the Week: VIDEO

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"At least it's padded there, right?"

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Proud Christian Texas Rangers Pitcher Robbie Ross and Wife Pose for 'NoH8' Campaign

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In addition to showcasing their LGBT solidarity, Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross and his wife Brittany are also prominently displaying their Christian faith in a new photo for the long-running NoH8 campaign. During the shoot, the couple spoke with Outsports' Cyd Ziegler about their vocal support for LGBT rights coming not in spite of their Christian faith, but because of it:

 "Being in sports, and being around all kinds of different people, you just want to accept everyone for who they are," Robbie told Outsports at the NoH8 campaign's Burbank, Calif., studio. "My wife Brittany and I are Christians, and we believe we as Christians should love everyone and show everyone love, and if this is the best way to do it, then we want to support them."

In organizing the shoot, Brittany said she has been motivated by seeing the way the Bible and religion are used to persecute LGBT people.

"It genuinely breaks my heart," Brittany said. "We're all human, and we can all take things from the Bible and twist them however we want. You can basically take a verse from the Bible and say it's OK to beat your wife, but the world says that's not OK, so that's what we go with. And I think the world is saying that gay people in the community are OK. Jesus came to love people. He never persecuted anybody. There are a lot of confusing things in the Bible, and I think if anything is confusing and it promotes hate, then you're taking it the wrong way.

"Being gay shouldn't just be tolerated, it should be celebrated that people can embody who they truly are," Brittany added. "I think that's the main thing."

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Gay Baseball Player Features Prominently In New Episode Of 'Drop Dead Diva': VIDEO

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This Sunday at 9 p.m. the major leagues are getting a little bit gayer. The Lifetime series 'Drop Dead Diva' will feature a closeted gay baseball player who is suspected of murder and pondering the decision to come out, a decision which could acquit him of the crime.  

GLAAD reports:

With this latest episode, Drop Dead Diva continues its strong commitment to telling the stories of the LGBT community. Drop Dead Diva received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards for the episode "Prom" in which Jane defends a lesbian couple who want to attend their high school prom together. The episode was based on the story of Constance McMillen, a Mississippi teen who was prevented from bringing her girlfriend as her date to senior prom. Drop Dead creator Josh Berman heard Constance' story at the GLAAD Media Awards the previous year and decided to turn it into an episode. The series also received nominations at the 22nd and 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for an episode about a trans woman fighting a legal battle to inherit her wife's assets, and another speaking out against the FDA ban on sperm donations by gay and bisexual men.

This new episode follows a continuing correlation between professional sports and the gay community. After Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers came out earlier this year, and as more and more professional athletes, like Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, offer their unwavering support, being gay and playing sports are losing their exclusivity. 

Hopefully 'Drop Dead Diva' will continue to tackle storylines which offer unique perspectives on the struggles, both personal and institutional, which the LGBT community faces.  

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Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Asks New Yorkers About Matt Harvey: VIDEO

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Mets rookie pitcher sensation Matt Harvey is the starting pitcher for the All Star Game at Citi Field today. Jimmy Fallon sent Harvey himself to the streets of New York to interview a few know-it-alls about their thoughts on the new pitcher and the results were hilarious.

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Major League Baseball Takes Big Step to Protect Players from Anti-Gay Discrimination, Harassment

MlbAt an event Tuesday afternoon prior to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman , Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (below, top right) and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Executive Director Michael Weiner will announce groundbreaking steps to protect current and future players for discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, according to a press release obtained by Towleroad.

SeligFollowing discussions with the Attorney General's office, MLB and MLBPA agreed to undertake new actions to reinforce its workplace discrimination policies, including the creation and dissemination of a Workplace Code of Conduct to be distributed to every Major and Minor League player and posted in each locker room conveying MLB’s non-discrimination policies.

The League also agreed to implement new training opportunities for team officials and create a centralized complaint system for reporting incidents involving harassment and discrimination...

...As a result of MLB's and MLBPA’s cooperation with the Attorney General's office, the League has committed to additional steps to ensure that “America’s pastime” is open to all players, regardless of sexual orientation. Among these steps, MLB has agreed to develop and disseminate materials on sexual orientation non-discrimination to all Club Scouting and Farm Directors involved in the acquisition of amateur talent.

This will help to create a culture of acceptance early in the process. In addition, MLB’s Office of the Commissioner will conduct training sessions for Club and League officials and staff at the bi-annual industry meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for November 2013 in Orlando, Florida and will include training on sexual orientation non-discrimination principles.

In addition to the centralized point of contact, those who assist in making or investigating complaints will also be protected from retaliation.

SchneidermanSaid Schneiderman (right):

“No one should face harassment or discrimination whether their workplace is an office park or a baseball diamond. By making a clear stand against discrimination in the workplace, our National Pastime is showing national leadership in the fight to promote equal justice for all. I am committed to using every tool at my disposal to ensure equal protection under the law for all employees no matter where they work, and I applaud Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for working cooperatively with our office to promote a culture of inclusion and equality.”

Added Selig:

“I expect all those who represent Major League Baseball, as a social institution that has important social responsibilities, to act with kind of respect and sensitivity that our game’s diverse players, employees and fans deserve. We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins. Both on the field and away from it, Major League Baseball has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.”


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1400

GLENN BECK: Doesn't buy Teresa Heinz Kerry or Hillary Clinton's medical conditions because John Kerry is a liar and the State Dept. is in a cover-up.

FRANCISCO LIRIANO: Now that's a catch.

3-D PRINTING: Liquid metal at room temperature.

ELIOT SPITZER: On his past sins and future plans.

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