On Sunday, February 19th, Anderson Comas, a minor league baseball player, made the brave decision to publicly come out as gay through a post on his Instagram account. This announcement represents a significant step towards greater visibility and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community in the world of sports and sends a message of inclusivity and empowerment to those who may be struggling with their own identities.
In his Instagram post, Anderson Comas prefaced his announcement with a disclaimer that read, “If you’re homophobic, this post may not be for you – or maybe it is, so you can see that we all matter and we are all the same.”
The 23-year-old athlete acknowledged the sensitivity of the topic, calling his coming out “the most personal thing I ever share” in his post’s caption. By addressing and challenging homophobia, Comas’ statement advocates for greater acceptance and unity among people of different backgrounds and orientations.
Anderson Comas courageously disclosed in his Instagram post that he is “proudly and happily part of the LGBTQ+ community,” emphasizing that his identity does not define him solely, as he also embodies other qualities such as kindness, respectfulness, and love for his family and friends.
By emphasizing his humanity and personhood in addition to his sexual orientation, Comas strives to combat negative stereotypes and prejudices towards the LGBTQ+ community and emphasizes that everyone, regardless of their identity, deserves respect and acceptance.
“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 say 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 stop me to make my dreams come true, I’m doing this cause I wanna be an inspiration for those like me out there fighting for their dreams.”
He ended his message on an encouraging note, writing, “Please don’t listen to those stupid things that people say about us, fight for your dreams, believe in yourself and go for it.”
Anderson Comas began his baseball career with The Chicago White Sox affiliate rookie league team in July 2016 and later joined the Great Falls Voyagers in June 2019. He rejoined the White Sox system in May 2021 and returned again in April 2022 after a brief stint with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.
Comas received support from The Chicago White Sox on their official Twitter page after he came out as gay. The team expressed their pride in him with a post that included a heart and pride flag emoji, saying “We are all so proud of you, Anderson.” This positive response from the team reflects a growing acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in sports and serves as an important message to other athletes who may be struggling to come out.