The Indian state of Kerala
… for hosting the country’s first sports meet for transgender athletes in an effort to raise awareness of the trans community. The government initiative will include competitions like sprint in 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, relay, shot put and long jump.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
… for not only holding their fifth annual LGBTQ Night at Dodger Stadium on June 9 but this year also recognizing Southern California LGBTQ athletes and others. Billy Bean, vice president and special assistant to the MLB commissioner will be part of the program.
Major League Baseball (MLB)
… for licensing “Landline,” a gay baseball movie that was released on VOD on April 4. MLB’s Robin Jaffe, senior manager, Presence Marketing at MLB worked with filmmaker Matthew Aaron to help make “Landline” the first LGBTQ film to be granted this licensing.
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
… for penalizing Lexi Thompson four strokes for not properly placing her ball and signing an incorrect card at the ANA Inspiration a day after the event because a TV viewer reported the violation. It raised the collective hackles of the golfing community for a viewer rather than an official to be making a rules call; it cost her winning the event.
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