David Denson, who plays first base for the Helena Brewers, recently came out in an interview to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is a huge milestone unto itself (congrats, David - we know how tough that must've been!)
Beyond being an incredible personal feat and a "giant relief," as Denson told the Sentinel, his announcement is also a historical one. Because the Helena Brewers are affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, Denson is officially the first out gay baseball player on a team affiliated with the MLB.
Denson joins fellow pioneer Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player drafted to an NFL team when he joined the St. Louis Rams in May 2014. We hope Denson's ensuing career path is far less rocky than Sam's, but regardless – these athletes are changing perceptions and smashing boundaries with their bravery, and we couldn't be happier for them.
Take it from Denson, who confided in his teammates before he made the official announcement. “Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” Denson told the Sentinel. “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.’”
Seriously you guys LOOK AT THIS PICTURE OF DAVID AND HIS TEAMMATES AND TRY NOT TO CRY ALL THE HAPPY TEARS.
Now that is some true inspiration for young fans.