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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This is prompting an inneresting discussion!

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?

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[Image via Kyle Schwarber/Twitter.]

Oct 3, 2015 5:43pm PDT

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