Bryan Ruby has come out of the closet as a gay professional baseball player after years of considering taking the leap.

“I’m not a hot-shot prospect,” Ruby told USA Today’s Scott Gleeson. “But today, you can’t find a single active baseball player who is out publicly. I want to help create a world where future generations of baseball players don’t have to sacrifice authenticity or who they really are to play the game they love.”

While Ruby is just now coming out publicly, he has been out in his personal life for a while. Ruby first connected with Outsports in 2018 at Outsports Pride in New York City, where he attended the group outing as the New York Mets hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ruby anonymously shared with Outsports readers his list of 39 LGBTQ sports books that had inspired him.

During that time, Ruby has been a member of the Equality Coaching Alliance, a network of LGBTQ coaches, executives and professional athletes. He’s also working with the Sports Equality Foundation.

Ruby currently plays baseball for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon, as he balances his growing career as a country-music writer. He played college baseball at Vassar College.

You can read the full piece on Ruby in USA Today.

You can follow Bryan Ruby on Instagram, and you can find his music on Spotify.