Los Angeles Dodgers executive Erik Braverman comes out as gay to inspire youth

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    Dec 15, 2015 10:22 PM GMT

    This is very important as most Dodger fans are either Latino or African American. Hopefully, this Dodger VP's coming out will help bridge the gap between our community and these two, sometimes religious, homophobic ethic groups.




    http://www.outsports.com/2015/12/15/10166080/gay-dodgers-erik-braverman-los-angeles


    Watching the game from the owner's box at the Los Angeles Dodgers' LGBT Pride Night last June was a transformative moment for team executive Erik Braverman.

    As the Dodgers' vice-president of marketing and broadcasting it had been Braverman, with the encouragement of his boss, longtime Los Angeles sports stalwart Lon Rosen, who helped launch the LGBT event several years ago.

    This year the duo decided to amp up the event in a big way. They didn't want to just sell tickets, they aimed to shake things up in baseball, host an LGBT event that would get people talking not just about the Dodgers but about the community in general. Billy Bean, the openly gay former Dodger, had been a part of the old-timers game earlier this year and that couldn't have gone better. The team was ready to wrap Dodger Stadium in rainbows, and that's exactly what they did.

    Braverman stood in the owner's box that night midway through the ballgame and took in the atmosphere that just years ago he thought literally impossible. E.J. Johnson, the out son of Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson, was there in all his glory. Openly gay country music star Ty Herndon, who had flown in to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the game, was trading stories with singer and TV personality Lance Bass and his husband.
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    Dec 15, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    We've come a long way from Tommy Lasorda. RIP, Spunky.
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    Dec 15, 2015 10:58 PM GMT
    OutsportsThere are five publicly out LGBT executives with MLB team front offices:

    Greg Bader, Baltimore Orioles
    Erik Braverman, Los Angeles Dodgers
    Steve Reed, Washington Nationals
    Laura Ricketts, Chicago Cubs
    Matt Schulte, Kansas City Royals
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    Dec 16, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    dayumm said
    OutsportsThere are five publicly out LGBT executives with MLB team front offices:

    Greg Bader, Baltimore Orioles
    Erik Braverman, Los Angeles Dodgers
    Steve Reed, Washington Nationals
    Laura Ricketts, Chicago Cubs
    Matt Schulte, Kansas City Royals


    This is good, but what is really needed are out MLB players. There has never been an out major leaguer, and only two former MLB players, Billy Bean (Tigers, Dodgers, Padres) and Glenn Burke (Dodgers & Oakland A's) have come out after retiring from the game.

    http://billybean.com/

    Minor league player David Denson (Helena Brewers) came out this past summer.
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    Dec 16, 2015 4:41 PM GMT
    A pudgy, paunchy, jowly middle aged man who was semi closeted most of his life is going to inspire the gay youth?! How many even know who he is? Talk about an overblown ego.
  • KissTheSky

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    Dec 17, 2015 1:24 AM GMT
    Every step helps -- awesome news!

  • FRE0

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    Dec 17, 2015 11:11 PM GMT
    Los Angeles Dodgers? I thought that they were the Brooklyn Dodgers.