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MLB Opening Day: Here are the players LGBTQ fans will be cheering for this season

As the new baseball season begins, here are our favorite out players, allies and style icons who are making the game a better place for the LGBTQ community.

Red Sox rookie Triston Casas rocks painted fingernails and helps give baseball a more inclusive image

By proudly vowing to wear nail polish on the field, Casas joins a list of baseball figures changing the stereotypically macho image of MLB players for the better.

Minor League Baseball player Anderson Comas comes out as gay with support from White Sox

Anderson Comas came out to the White Sox last year and has widespread support across the organization.

Ronnie Gajownik breaks a barrier as the first publicly out LGBTQ manager in Minor League Baseball

After being named manager of Arizona’s Class-A Hillsboro Hops, Gajownik celebrated with her wife in a moment of triumph for the LGBTQ community.

Gay baseball player/country singer Bryan Ruby debuts a brand new LGBTQ Christmas carol

Ruby wrote ‘Christmas with You’ on the road during baseball season.

Met disagrees with Bean's gay 'lifestyle'

The player, a devout Christian, says he supports gays in baseball even though he thinks homosexuality is wrong.

Phillies and Astros face off in a 2022 World Series of LGBTQ progress

While both Houston and Philadelphia have had their homophobic nadirs, the Fall Classic finds both teams on the right side of history. Here’s the 2022 LGBTQ World Series Preview.

LGBTQ baseball gods exact October vengeance on the Rays following their Pride Night fiasco

Want to make it past the first round in October? Don’t rip the rainbow Pride logo off of your jerseys.

Out pitcher Solomon Bates embraced by new minor league team

Since coming out as gay and signing with a new team, Bates has been embraced by his teammates.

Solomon Bates has struck out 13 batters in just 6 innings, days after coming out

Bates has struck out more than half the batters he’s faced,

Gay pro baseball player’s teammates ask about his boyfriend, ‘wedding’ advice

Bryan Ruby has found acceptance from teammates, and inspiration in Solomon Bates.

Pitcher Solomon Bates signs with pro team 2 days after publicly coming out

Bates’ big league dream continues.

After coming out, pitcher Solomon Bates’s sense of self-confidence is an example for all of us

While climbing the Minor League Baseball ladder, Bates developed a sense of belief in himself that shone through when he came out publicly as gay this week.

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Baseball played vital role for gay jock turned doc in his coming out

Before becoming a successful doctor on a TV show, Brad Schaeffer played baseball as he struggled with discovering his true self.

Minor League Baseball player Solomon Bates says he is gay, has been out to teammates since 2019

Bates had been in the San Francisco Giants Minor League system until he was released this week.

AAGBPL pitcher Maybelle Blair reflects on coming out publicly at age 95

In addition advising the ‘A League of Their Own’ TV series, Blair recounts how the AAGBPL was the first place many gay and lesbian players were able to meet others like them.

Gay pro baseball player Bryan Ruby went to 6 Pride Nights this season. This is what he saw

As baseball evolves, Ruby sees first-hand why more LGBTQ visibility and advocacy are needed in his sport.

Dale Scott’s Pride Night tour shows LGBTQ fans feeling more welcomed

The gay former umpire visited eight Pride Nights and saw how baseball teams are building a sense of community among their LGBTQ fans.

Red Sox and Mets give drag queens a chance to shine during Pride Night celebrations

At a time when the drag community is under attack, the Sox and Mets show their support for the art form.

28.5 MLB teams announce Pride Nights, unveiling some killer swag

From rainbow hoodies to pregame dance parties to Dale Scott’s first pitch tour, 28ish teams are celebrating MLB Pride. Take a wild guess whom we’re still waiting on.

Pitcher Liam Hendriks reveals Pride Night played a role in contract negotiations

Through his support for our community, Sox closer also demonstrates the impact that being a good ally can have on LGBTQ fans and players.

After coming out, gay pro baseball player Bryan Ruby played better and got more offers from teams

Bryan Ruby was told that he wouldn’t get work in baseball if he came out. Now he’s showing the true path to inclusion.

Rays pitcher Jason Adam’s homophobia undercuts every message of welcome on Pride Night

Adam’s message about our ‘lifestyle’ reinforces an ugly stereotype about how athletes view the LGBTQ community.

Dodgers’ Pride Night first pitch to honor Glenn Burke’s legacy

The Burke family’s first pitch is an indication that although it took decades, the Dodgers are finally dedicated to elevating a trailblazing gay athlete’s legacy.

Dodgers/Giants rivalry shows how rainbow caps can spread throughout MLB

The popularity of the Giants’ rainbow SF caps meant that we’d soon be seeing Pride LA caps too. Here’s how that trend can continue to grow.

Yes, Twitter trolls, MLB already has Christian Nights and Straight Nights

Twitter trolls love to ask "When’s hetero night?" whenever a team announces a Pride Day. So we thought we’d answer them once and for all.

Sean Murphy’s big, beautiful butt is a baseball feel-good moment

Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy has gotten a lot of compliments after his butt got in the way of a baseball.

Texas Rangers to finally hold a Pride night*

*But it’s not the kind of Pride you’re thinking of.

The Outsports LGBTQ Guide to the 2022 MLB Season

In honor of Opening Day, here is each MLB team’s connection to the LGBTQ community and a quick prediction for the year ahead.

Ray Gibson opens up about coming out as the transgender son of baseball legend Bob Gibson

The transgender son of Bob Gibson details his lifelong journey to self-acceptance and his loving but difficult relationship with his legendary father.

MLB ownership’s lockout crushes this gay baseball fan’s pride

Ordinarily during spring, I look forward to writing about baseball’s Pride events. The lockout makes that all but impossible.

Good on the Red Sox for immediately releasing this racist and homophobic prospect

The Red Sox released Brett Netzer after the infielder went on a hateful social media tirade.