In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Helena Brewers baseball player David Denson came out as gay. The minor league team is affiliated with the Milewaukee Brewers.
"Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” Denson said in the interview. “They said, 'You're still our teammate. You're still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don't treat you any different. We've got your back.'”
According to ESPN, “David Denson has become the first openly gay active player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.”
"That was a giant relief for me," he continued. "I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality."
Denson joins a growing list of notable athletes who have come out recently, including, Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers, Brittney Griner, Orlando Cruz, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Tom Daley.
Denson’s coming out is a courageous step forward for the LGBT community and sends a powerful message to LGBT youth who struggle to live openly and authentically.
Coming out -- whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied -- is a deeply personal and arduous journey for each individual. Learn more about coming out at HRC’s coming out resource center here.