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Craig Melvin talks to pro baseball player Bryan Ruby about coming out

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Academy of Country Music's Pride playlist includes picks from Hayden Joseph and Bryan Ruby

Bryan Ruby, Out baseball player & Out Country Music star: 2 icons in 1

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'It's about damn time for this:' Bryan Ruby becomes only active pro baseball player to be out as gay


OUT IN NASHVILLE is a feature documentary following Bryan Ruby, a professional baseball player and country singer-songwriter who is at a crossroads.

Living true to himself means becoming professional baseball's only openly LGBTQ player – but with homophobia rampant, it could also cost him his career. 

When coming face to face with harassment and polarizing ostracism, most would hedge their bets. But Ruby knows there is only one path for him – and while it's not smooth and it sure ain't easy – it will always be authentic.



Bryan Ruby is a trailblazing professional baseball player and rising Country music artist based in Nashville, TN. In 2021, he became the only active professional baseball player to come out as gay, and his story was featured on the front page of USA Today & in hundreds of media outlets around the world. 

As a songwriter, Bryan has penned songs that have appeared on the Texas Country Top 50 chart and the iTunes Country Top 25, 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 is preparing for the release of his upcoming debut EP due out in 2023.


Bryan's 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. He is currently on a Stadium Tour singing the National Anthem and performing pregame and postgame concerts at ballparks around the country.

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  • 2019—Won $5K Original Song Songwriter Prize

  • 2020—Nashville Rising Song Talent Search Competition Season 7 Winner

  • 2021—12 Songs Cut By Country and Pop Music Recording Artists (while playing pro baseball)

  • 2021—iTunes Top 20 Country Song (Backwoods Bougie, Hayden Joseph)

  • 2021—TX Country Radio Top 50 (Worst Best Way, Xavier Joseph)

  • 2022—Debut single Left Field featured on SiriusXM Country Pride, ACM Ultimate Pride Playlist, and The TODAY Show on NBC



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