Role models of greatness.
Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
“I had no idea what he had in mind,” Barlow said. “He had just returned from a conference in California, so I assumed he was going to talk about that.”
Instead, Karson stood up and told his coaches and teammates that he’s gay.
“They came up and gave me high fives and said they’d have my back and everything,” Karson said. “It was so supportive, it was ridiculous.”
Karson did notice that a couple of teammates held back, but he received E-mails from them afterward saying "how much they respected me, but that they needed to collect their thoughts first."
Karson’s been following the work of the ‘You Can Play’ project, founded in memory of Brendan Burke, whose own coming-out story continues to inspire. And he was deeply moved by James Nutter, the former University of Southern Maine baseball player who recently came out.