Brian Ruby, a gay professional baseball player and country singer made headlines in 2021 when he publicly became the only out while active player. Bryan made a powerful statement that his identity as a gay man and his love for baseball can coexist. His actions are an example of how knowing someone in the LGBTQ+ community changes one’s worldview and diminishes the “them versus us” mentality. He was vulnerable and had much to lose by taking the giant step publicly and you’ll find hope and inspiration through his story.
Bryan also discusses the creation of Proud to Be in Baseball, a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ athletes in baseball and creates a sense of community for them.
In addition, as a rising country music artist, Bryan Ruby won Season 7 of the talent-search competition Nashville Rising Song, and his first single, ‘Left Field’, was featured on The TODAY Show and added to rotation on SiriusXM Country Pride, as well as the Academy of Country Music’s Ultimate Pride Playlist.
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Bryan Ruby is a professional baseball player and rising country music artist based in Nashville, TN. In September of 2021 he became the only active professional baseball player to come out as gay at the time, and his story was featured in USA Today as well as 100+ media outlets around the world including CBS, Yahoo, Bleacher Report and Teen Vogue. Bryan graduated from Vassar College in 2019, where he was a two-year team captain, First Team All-Conference selection, and received awards for leadership and character. Bryan currently plays on the Independent and International League circuit, and has laced up his rainbow cleats at ballparks in 7 countries to-date.
As a songwriter, Bryan has penned songs that have appeared on the Texas Country Top 50 chart and the iTunes Country Top 25 (#16), and songs he has written have been featured on both Huffington Post and People Magazine. As an artist, he won Season 7 of the talent-search competition Nashville Rising Song, and his debut single Left Field was featured on SiriusXM Country Pride, The TODAY Show, and the Academy of Country Music’s Ultimate Pride Playlist.
Bryan is the subject of an upcoming feature-length documentary directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker Clay Westervelt (Life In The Doghouse, Miss You Can Do It).