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We promise to never publicize or share your information. With your permission, we can connect you with other queer ballplayers at your level. If you are not yet at a place where you feel comfortable engaging with us, we hope you will still follow along. At minimum, we exist to tell you that you are not alone. We are here for you if and when you feel comfortable inviting us in. 

Ashley L. Evans
Booking and Operations Coordinator

Cathy Renna 
Communications and Media Relations

Supporting you at every level.


Professional Players—We know you face unique challenges managing the struggle to live authentically and keep your job. Our Professional Players support network is here for you.


College Players—We've been there. Whether you dream of making it to the next level or you just want to be who you are and keep your roster spot, our support network is here for you.

High School

Young Players—We are building a database of resources that can help you learn more about the fight for equality and representation in our sport. We know this can be a tough time, and we want you to know you are not alone.

By players, 

for players.

We are a player-founded advocacy and support group born out of a need for LGBTQ+ representation at the ballpark. No queer person in baseball should ever feel alone. We are here to help.

Meet the team.

Over 16 million people play baseball in the United States alone. Yet, in the history of baseball, examples of players living out and proud have been few and far between. We're here to change that. Inspired by each other's stories, we came together to help create a safe space for LGBTQ+ players where there previously was none.


Bryan Ruby is a journeyman infielder with extensive experience in Independent and International Baseball. Most recently, Bryan hit .326 (Guatemala Professional Winter League, 2020-21) for the Guatemala City Lobos, and .335 (Maverick Independent League, 2021) for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Bryan was a 2019 Graduate and First Team All-Conference selection at Vassar College, where he received awards for Leadership and Character. 


Michael Holland was a Pitcher at Felician University (Rutherford, NJ) who came out as gay during the 2018 season. A 2019 graduate with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Michael then went onto get his Masters Degree in Organization Management. He now works for Dickinson College as an Area Coordinator for Residence Life and Housing.


Sam Culwell was a 3-year Varsity starter, team Captain, and Section 9 Champion for Rondout Valley High School in Upstate New York. A 2019 graduate, Sam came out publicly and persevered through significant on-field challenges to become a distinguished MHAL Scholar-Athlete. He currently attends SUNY Cortland and is studying International Relations with a minor in Spanish.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower and advocate for the next generation of LGBTQ people in baseball. A player-driven organization, leading with messages of love and acceptance, Proud To Be In Baseball provides resources, educational opportunities, and raises awareness while building the LGBTQ community in America’s pastime.

In the press

Craig Melvin talks to pro baseball player Bryan Ruby about coming out

Jul 6, 2022

This conversation in Brockton inspired pro baseball player to come out as gay

Jun 25, 2022

National Coming Out Day: Publicly gay pro baseball player creates support group for others

Jun 25, 2022

The only active gay pro baseball player, hopes to increase LGBTQ acceptance with new organization

Jun 25, 2022

Montgomery County native creates nonprofit supporting LGBTQ+ athletes

Jun 25, 2022

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