Bryan Ruby, an openly gay professional baseball player, is speaking out about the importance of inclusion after a handful of Tampa Bay Rays players opted out of participating in Pride Night last weekend.

Discrimination and hate has a voice in baseball and you saw it in Tampa,” the 26-year-old recently told インサイダー.

We have seen a lot of teams selling rainbow merchandise and doing Pride Nights, これは素晴らしいです, but they need to actually support their players,” 彼は続けた.

土曜日, several Rays players elected not to wear rainbow logos for the team’s 16th annual Pride Night at Tropicana Field, あたり タンパベイタイムズ.

Rays pitcher Jason Adam told the タイムズ that the decision was afaith-based” 一.

A lot of it comes down to faith,” 彼はアウトレットに説明した. “So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here.

The 30-year-old told the タイムズ he and others did not feel comfortable wearing the rainbow logos becausemaybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus.

“[イエス] encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, と同じように [イエス] encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage — it’s no different,” he explained to the newspaper.

The Rays did not immediately respond when reached by PEOPLE on Thursday.

Bryan Ruby

Bryan Ruby
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Ruby came out as gay last year while on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an independent baseball team, インサイダーによると.

We get one night at the ballpark to be ourselves all year, and it just was an indication that a lot of people still believe that we just don’t belong there and that we are not welcome and, even on Pride Night, we’re still second-class citizens,” said Ruby, 現在誰ですか affiliated with the Nashville Stars baseball team.

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He added to USAトゥデイ: “It sends a very clear message, and that message is: LGBTQ people are not welcome here. A lot of guys just don’t get that they’ve always had, and will continue to have, gay teammates. Such antiquated language and behavior actively hurts the team. It’s hard enough to be gay in baseball.

Though some players did not participate, others on the Tampa Bay roster had no issue proudly donning the rainbow logos on their uniforms, like center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

It just shows that we want everyone to feel welcomed and included when you come to Tropicana Field and people are cheering us on,” 彼は言い​​ました

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My parents taught me to love everyone as they are. Go live your life,” Kiermaier added. “Whatever your preferences are, go be you. … We just want everyone to feel welcomed and included and cheer us on.

ルビー, 彼は “definitely very nervousbefore publicly coming out in September last year, has spoken openly about the support he’s received from fans, 友達, チームメイト, and loved ones since then.

The reception was super positive. People in the stands waved a little rainbow flag and my teammates told me very clearly that they have my back,” ルビー, who is also a country singer, 言った Tennessee Tribune 木曜日に. “It just shows that different people can coexist in our sport.

In addition to being an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Ruby also heads Proud to Be in Baseball, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assureno queer person in baseball should ever feel alone.