Target: Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner
Goal: Support Major League Baseball’s non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ players
Although sports teams do not often stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, Major League Baseball is taking progressive steps towards inclusivity and equality for all players, regardless of sexual orientation. New policies are being created to bolster existing regulations that support LGBTQ players.
The MLB Players Association, MLB commissioner Bud Selig, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have worked together to add to MLB’s nondiscrimination policy. As it currently stands, the policy lists sexual orientation as an identification for which one cannot face discrimination, but the new provisions will take the policy a step forward by further enforcing inclusivity and equality through consciousness raising. This seemingly minor change actually seeks to profoundly elevate the image of and protections for all major league players.
The new nondiscrimination policy will include a code of conduct that all players in both the major and minor leagues will adhere to, specifically regarding players who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Additionally, educational programs will be created for players about the discrimination that LGBTQ individuals often face. Finally, the new policy will clearly delineate the steps to report discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation so that, if any improper behavior does take place, LGBTQ players have the necessary knowledge and resources to report the incidents.
These policies are extremely important as they bolster already existing nondiscrimination policies, while providing resources to educate MLB players about the discrimination that LGBTQ players often face, and how to avoid or report any harassment.
By signing the petition below you will be praising the MLB not only for their inclusion of sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policy, but also for further enhancing existing policy with the extensive new provisions.
Dear Bud Selig,
Discrimination based on sexual orientation is rampant in today’s society, specifically within the world of sports. Protecting the rights of LGBTQ players is very important for creating an inclusive and just league.
I am specifically writing to commend you for your work to include sexual orientation in the nondiscrimination policy of Major League Baseball. I also want to praise you for enhancing the policy by providing educational outlets, creating a code of conduct, and emphasizing the importance of reporting alleged discrimination and harassment. A league without discrimination based on sexual orientation is truly a league that celebrates good sportsmanship, and I hope that you continue to create policies that protect the rights of all your players in the future. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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