Minor League Baseball player Anderson Comas came out as gay in an Instagram post on Sunday.
The player, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has played for the Chicago White Sox system, Out Sports reports.
Comas, 23, began the post with an introduction, writing that the post might not be for homophobic people, but maybe they’d get something out of it.
He went on to say that he was proud and happy to be queer.
“This may be my most personal thing I ever share and it’s that I’m proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community,” Comas wrote, adding a Pride flag at the end.
He continued his post: “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, I enjoy my work a lot, being a professional baseball player is the best thing that happened to me so I just wanna say something to those people that says that gay people can not be someone in this life, well look at me I’m Gay and I’m a professional athlete so that didn’t stopped me to make my dreams come true.”
Comas said he came out because he wanted to help others reach their goals.
“I’m doing this cause I wanna be an inspiration for those like me out there fitting for their dreams, 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 baseball player wrote.
Comas is a prospect for the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox posted the team’s support for Comas on Twitter.
“We are all so proud of you, Anderson!” the team’s account wrote.
Chris Getz, White Sox assistant general manager, said in a statement on Twitter that Comas came out to the team last year.
“And I was very pleased that he was comfortable sharing with us in player development,” Getz said. “I also was happy at the reaction across the organization, which as you would expect was to support, help and congratulate a teammate.”
Comas joins a few other Minor League players who have come out including Solomon Bates, who came out last year.
As Out Sports points out, no Major League player has come out while still playing.
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