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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. 


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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 Group 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 College Baseball Support Group 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 as bisexual and persevered through 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.

We love baseball, and we dream of the day where the game we love is a truly safe space for people like us. Until then, it is time to come together and support each other.

We are stronger together.

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