Chicago White Sox Minor League baseball player Anderson Comas “proudly” came out as gay in a heartfelt Instagram post.

“This may be my most personal thing I ever share and it’s that I’m proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community,” he wrote on 19 February.

He began his statement with a message warning those who are homophobic that the post may not be for them, though shared his belief that “we all are the same” regardless of how we identify.

Comas continued: “I’m also a human with a great soul, I’m respectful, I’m a lover, I love my family and friends and that’s what really matters, I enjoy my work a lot, being a professional baseball player is the best thing that happened to me so I just wanna say something to those people that says that gay people can not be someone in this life, well look at me I’m Gay and I’m a professional athlete so that didn’t stopped me to make my dreams come true.”

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The 23-year-old further explained that he decided to come out in order to “be an inspiration for those like me out there [fighting] for their dreams”.

He spent his most recent season in the White Sox single A team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers in North Carolina.

Chris Getz, White Sox assistant general manager/player development, stated that the team has known about Comas being gay since last year and is “proud” of him for sharing his truth publicly.

“With his social media post today, we all are so proud of Anderson and that he is comfortable sharing such an important personal part of his life so openly,” he added.