After retiring from Major League Baseball in 1995, Bean came out publicly in 1999, sparking a major uproar in professional sports and a wider discussion about what it means to be a gay athlete. Since then, he’s remained one of the most visible and vocal advocates for combating homophobia in pro men’s sports. Now Bean is a successful real estate agent in the greater Los Angeles area and vice-chairman of Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, dedicated to anti-bullying and equality in sports. “Over the last 10, 11, 12 years, I’ve put myself out there as a responsibility,” he says. “My first thought when I heard about Jason Collins was, We are changing."