David Denson, a Minor League player in the Milwaukee Brewers system, has come out publicly as gay. Denson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them. They said, 'You're still our teammate. You're still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don't treat you any different. We've got your back.'
That was a giant relief for me. I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality.
The 20-year-old form West Hills, Calif., becomes the first Minor League Baseball player to come out publicly as gay while still playing. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Watch him hit a 515-foot home run at a showcase in 2012: