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Retired gay baseball pro Billy Bean says it will take “one special guy” to come out while still playing major team sport

It was so exciting when retired American soccer pro David Testo came out earlier this year.

But he is hardly a household name.

We are going to need an active player in one of the three big U.S. team sports: baseball, basketball or football to come out to really make a breakthrough.

Hopefully that player will be enveloped with all kinds of love and support and would be soon followed by scores more just like him.

Because we KNOW they are there.

‘It’s going to take maybe just one special guy who can really move that ball forward,’ retired baseball pro Billy Bean told me recently.

Billy came out after his playing days were over and still is only one of two baseball pros to ever do so.

To read more about what Billy has to say about sports stars coming out, see my story just posted over at Gay Star News.

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  1. It would arguably helpful as well, if the Baseball Hall of Fame were to honor the legacy of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay MLB player *and* the only one to do it while still playing professionally.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/honor-the-legacy-of-glenn-burke-the-first-openly-gay-mlb-player

    -Jeremy Redlien

  2. January 5th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    ND Mitchell says:

    Billy is still an icon and I love him in heart, mind, and soul. He is so handsome and again an icon. Too bad GSN’s I’ve Got A Secret was cancelled and hopefully the repeats will air again soon.

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