Minor league baseball player David Denson has made history — and it’s not for setting a record on the ball field. The 20-year-old has become the first active baseball player affiliated with the MLB to publicly come out as gay.
David Denson, 20, has made a courageous revelation that is unique to his athletic profession: In a public interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he came out as gay. The interview came after David bravely admitted the news to his teammates, and it makes him the first openly gay active player in the sport.
The first baseman, who plays on the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league affiliate in Helena, Montana, opened up about coming out to his teammates. His confession went down after a fellow team member jokingly called him ‘gay’ in the locker room, and Dave responded, “Be careful what you say. You never know.” From there, he told his story as the team crowded around.
“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” David admitted to the Milwaukee Journal. “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 for my sexuality.”
With this revelation, David becomes the only player currently affiliated with the MLB to come out as gay. Former major-leaguers Billy Bean and Glenn Burke have both come out, but they made their admissions after their time playing in the league. David got advice from Bean before his own coming out.
“I wasn’t doing it to be brave,” the 20-year-old admitted. “I just couldn’t hide it anymore. For them to be so accepting and want the best for me, it showed me they are looking at me for my ability, no my sexuality. They don’t treat me any different. They said if there was anything they could do to help, let them know.” David also got support from fans on Twitter:
MLB prospect David Denson is such a brave soul. Even better hearing how his team is so supportive of him. What I like to hear.
— Cesara Ora ☕️ (@saraora) August 17, 2015
— Danni ✌️ (@dannih101) August 17, 2015
A tough season but my @Brewers did me proud this weekend – a Phillies season sweep, HR 251 from Ryan Braun & their support for David Denson
— Craig Hurring (@CraigHurring) August 17, 2015
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