Maybelle "Mae" Blair, 95, has come out at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Amazon Studios' “A League of Their Own.”

She played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was the inspiration for the 1992 film and the current series.

Blair, also known as "All The Way Mae," said she was pleased to see athletes no longer having to hide their sexual orientation and the support found in the sport during a panel discussion.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for these young girl ball players to come [to] realize that they’re not alone, and you don’t have to hide,” Blair shared with The Advocate. “I hid for 75, 85 years and this is actually basically the first time I’ve ever come out.”

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Bryan Ruby Addresses Rays Players’ Refusal To Wear Pride Patch

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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