We recognize and celebrate individuals who are making a positive impact in the LGBTQ+ community in Detroit. In partnership with Comerica Bank, the Game Changers series honors one community member per week throughout the month of June who is making a profound difference in the areas of youth education, youth wellness or sports participation. Each honoree receives a $1,000 grant dedicated to the charity of their choice from the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.
Billy Bean serves at MLB as Vice-President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner and his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBTQ+ inclusion. The Out100 list recognizes members of the LGBTQ+ community for their groundbreaking, ripple-inducing, and culture-shifting impact around the world. Honorees were recognized virtually this year.
Bean broke into the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers, and tied a major-league record with four hits in his first game. Billy is a member of the MLB Owner's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was instrumental in the development of MLB's 'Shred Hate' bullying prevention program, a ground breaking educational youth campaign and partnership with ESPN. He is also the author of the book, "Going the Other Way."
The organizations listed may or may not be partners of the Detroit Tigers. This is for informational purposes only.
LGBTQ Community Resources
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Rainbow PUSH Coalition
- MLB - Diversity & Inclusion
- Detroit Urban League
- The Bail Project
Black Owned Business Resources
- Booker T. Washington Business Association
- Black Owned Businesses in Detroit
- Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council