• Tyree Oredein, DrPH

Happy #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Let’s make sure it’s as #intersectional as possible!


Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke was a black, gay Major League Baseball player for the LA Dodgers and Oakland A’s from 1976 to 1979. He was the first player to come out as gay to his team and to the public during his career. He had said ”They can't ever say now that a gay man can't play in the majors, because I'm a gay man and I made it." Glenn and teammate Dusty Baker are widely credited with inventing the “High Five” in 1977 when Dusty slapped Glenn’s raised hand on the field after a victory. After retiring he competed in the 1982 Gay Olympics (aka the Gay Games). He died in 1995 from AIDS-related causes. In 2013 he was posthumously inducted National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2015. #LGBTQHistory #QTPOCHistory #QueerBlackHistory #GlennBurke #Intersectionality

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