For so long, David Denson desperately wanted to reveal to his teammates that he is gay. He just never envisioned it happening in such an impromptu and unstructured fashion.A first baseman for the Brewers' rookie affiliate in Helena, Mont., Denson had just entered the clubhouse a month or so ago when a teammate jokingly referred to him using a derogatory term for a gay male. It was the kind of profane banter heard in that environment since team sports have been around.That teammate didn't know Denson is gay, but the 20-year-old slugger of African-American and Hispanic descent seized the opportunity."Be careful what you say. You never know," Denson cautioned the player, smiling.Before he knew it, Denson was making the announcement he yearned to share, and the group around him expanded to the point that he soon was speaking to most of the team. To Denson's relief, when the conversation ended, he was greeted with outward support and understanding instead of condemnation."Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them," recalled Denson. "They said, 'You're still our teammate. You're still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don't treat you any different. We've got your back.'"That was a giant relief for me. I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality."The more Denson thought about it, though, the more he realized that a clubhouse confession wasn't going to be enough.With the help of former major-leaguer Billy Bean, who last year was named Major League Baseball's first Ambassador for Inclusion, Denson reached out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to tell his story. In doing so, he became the first active player in affiliated professional baseball to reveal he is gay.Bean has rued not revealing his sexuality during his six-year big-league career and said he is immensely proud of Denson."He is definitely cognizant of how it might affect his team," said Bean, who eventually quit baseball over the personal conflict of hiding his sexuality."The beauty of what could come from this is he can be an example that can help change that perception and change the stereotype that there would never be a gay person on a men's professional sports team. That was something I struggled with."