White Sox celebrate as pro baseball player comes out in inspiring Instagram post

Minor League Baseball player Anderson Comas, who plays for the Chicago White Sox has come out as LGBTQ
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Minor League Baseball player Anderson Comas, who plays for the Chicago White Sox has come out. He is one of the few active players affiliated with a major league team to come out, The New York Times reported.

The 23-year-old Dominican athlete came out in an Instagram post, writing, “I’m proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community. I’m also a human with a great soul, I’m respectful, I’m a lover, I love my family and friends and that’s what really matters.”

Comas said he enjoys being a pro baseball player, calling the job “the best thing that happened to me.” He also directed the rest of his message to those who believe LGBTQ+ people cannot achieve great things in life.

“I’m doing this cause I wanna be an inspiration for those like me out there [fighting] for their dreams,” he added. “Please don’t listen to those stupid things that people say about us, fight for your dreams, believe in yourself and go for it.”

The White Sox celebrated his coming out in a tweet that read, “We are all so proud of you, Anderson!”

Chris Getz, the team’s assistant general manager for player development, also released a statement saying that Comas had come out to the organization a year ago.

“I was very pleased that he was comfortable sharing with us in player development,” Getz wrote. “I also was happy at the reaction across the organization, which as you would expect was to support, help and congratulate a teammate. With his social media post today, we all are so proud of Anderson and that he is comfortable sharing such an important personal part of his life so openly.”

Other minor league players — like Solomon Bates, David Denson, Bryan Ruby and Sean Conroy — have come out, Outsports noted. No active Major League Baseball players have ever come out publicly while playing professionally.

While two major pro baseball players, Glenn Burke and Billy Bean, were gay, only Bean publicly came out in the press after he had stopped playing.

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