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LGBT Group Says Baseball's Tradition Of Hazing Rookies By Making Them Dress In Women's Clothing 'Isolates, Excludes, And Marginalizes'

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Several Major League Baseball teams have a tradition of hazing their rookie players every year by forcing them to dress up as women for team flights, and now, a powerful LGBT group aligned with pro athletes is calling on that tradition to stop!

Related: Not All MLB Rookie Hazing Is Bad!

Players on the teams — which include the Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, and many others — contend that the event is harmless fun designed to lightly haze rookies while promoting team bonding.

Athlete Ally, the LGBT group, sees it differently, and they are worried the cross-dressing players are sending the wrong message to kids.

Hudson Taylor, the head of the organization, said of the tradition:

"Requiring rookies to dress in feminine presenting clothing like wigs, dresses, and bikinis sends a strong and dangerous message that being a girl, woman, or feminine is somehow less than, and something to be mocked. Regardless of intent, as long as professional athletes participate in hazing of this kind, they will be continuing to perpetuate a culture that isolates, excludes, and marginalizes the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and female athletes."

What do U think?? Is this harmless fun by big league baseball players enjoying their free time, or a shameful message to send to kids who may see it and get the wrong idea?

Is baseball wrong to haze rookies by dressing them as women?

View Results

Is baseball wrong to haze rookies by dressing them as women?

  • Why does everything have to be so controversial? (57%)
  • No! These guys are just having fun. (30%)
  • Yes! It's offensive and thoughtless. (13%)

Total Votes: 1,596

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