Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball, speaks to the City Club about the MLB’s commitment to LGBTQ inclusion and fostering a culture of acceptance.
Billy Bean is the only openly gay current or former Major League Baseball (MLB) player alive today. From 1987 to 1995, he played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres.
As a closeted gay man in the hyper-masculine and anti-gay world of professional sports, he found himself increasingly unable to manage his double life and chose to walk away from a major league career. Bean came out publicly in 1999 and his story received nationwide coverage, making him the first major league baseball player to publicly discuss his homosexuality to this extent.
His openness and the publication of his memoir, Going the Other Way, paved the way for his eventual return to the big leagues as Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion. Appointed to the role in 2014 by Commissioner Bud Selig, Bean is now at the forefront of the League’s efforts for a fair and equitable workplace throughout all of baseball.
Join us for a conversation on MLB’s commitment to LGBTQ inclusion and fostering a culture of acceptance. All registered guests will receive a copy of Billy Bean’s book, Going the Other Way,courtesy of KeyBank and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
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This event is sold out – live stream will be available at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12. To be placed on a wait list, call 216-621-0082
If you’re driving, parking is available immediately west of the City Club building in the Euclid Prospect Gateway Garage. The cost is $10.00 before 4:00 pm and $4.00 after 4:00 pm. Special event pricing does apply. If you are at the city club between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, bring your ticket with you into the City Club and we will validate your ticket to reduce the cost to $3.00.
Discounted valet parking is available at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel. Bring your ticket in with you to the City Club to receive a discount validation.
Additional, non-discounted downtown parking can be found in the Atrium Garage (645 W. Prospect), Ameritrust Garage (900 W. Prospect), and Gateway Prospect Parking (944/1002 W. Prospect). More parking information can also be found here.
Or, skip the drive and hop on a UH Bike—there’s a station right across the street from the City Club. Use discount code G3TR1D1NG for 30 minutes of free ride time on us.