November 23 – Major League Baseball (MLB) added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy in its Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the first time in history.
By adding the new non-discrimination language, the MLB has taken an important step forward. The policy paves the way for gay baseball players to come out, and sends an important message about inclusion to all players.
The new language in the CBA will also allow athletes to transfer pensions and offer benefits to their same-sex partners. The National Football League (NFL) took similar steps in September by including sexual orientation in its collective bargaining agreement.