LGBT baseball pro-Bryan Ruby has come out in response to a handful of Tampa Bay Rays players' choice not to wear rainbow-colored patches on their jerseys for "Pride Night" in support of the LGBT community.
Ruby, a musician and athlete, told The New York Post that the behavior "sends a clear obvious message" that "LGBTQ people are not welcome here."
Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson were among the Rays pitchers who refused to wear the rainbow-colored patches, claiming a "faith-based decision" as the reason.
With such a lack of support, Ruby, who helped found the non-profit LGBTQ+ support organization Proud To Be In Baseball, noted that the scenario sends a worrying message that players may not be able to be their genuine selves.
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Playing with Pride: Scottish Football Player Comes Out As Gay
Craig Napier, a Scottish category one referee, has come out as gay, stating that "we need to see the climate change."
Since Justin Fashanu played for Airdrie and Hearts in the mid-1990s, many years after disclosing his sexuality, the 32-year-old becomes the first out homosexual person in Scottish men's professional football.
In a video posted to the Scottish Football Association's Twitter account, Napier said he wants to assist people in his situation to overcome the "stigma" and "fear" of exposing their sexuality.
"It's something that I never thought I would be sitting here doing," he said. "It's something that I've obviously lived with for a long time. It's been a difficult journey to get to this point, but over the last couple of years, it's become a lot easier.”