Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Nation

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Nation

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SPORTS

He's out!

Former major-league baseball player Billy Bean has loosened the grip of one of the last remaining strongholds on the closet: professional sports. Bean, who played with the San Diego Padres until 1995, came out publicly in a July 25 interview with the Miami Herald. "I had gone through a seriously difficult time," the outfielder said of his big-league years. "I was tired of holding my breath eight hours a day when I walked into the locker room and heard the guys saying, `Let's go kick some gay guys' asses.'" Only one other major leaguer--Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A's in the 1970s--has ewer come out publicly. Burke died of AIDS-related complications in 1995.

Bean said he quit the Padres after meeting his boyfriend, Miami restaurateur Efrain Veiga, while in town to play the Florida Marlins. "I told myself that if ... I found somebody, I would sacrifice everything for that relationship," he said. "And ultimately, that's what I did." The couple now plan to open an upscale Mexican restaurant, Mayya, on Miami Beach's hip Lincoln Road. …

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