10 famous athletes who came out of closet

Sportsperson across the world are always under observation by the media and the mass for their performances. Athletes lead two sorts of lives in such a spectrum. One, a public life while the other is more of a personal life where they tend to conceal their feelings and emotions away from people’s scrutiny. It requires immense courage for any person to come out of the closet, most of all an athlete, and disclose their extra-ordinary sexual preference before the whole world.

Let us take a look at other famous athletes who came out of closet in public.

10 famous athletes who came out of closet

10. Sean Conroy, baseball

famous athletes who came out of closet

Sean Conroy, a 23-year-old popular baseball figure, came out as gay publicly with gusto. With his announcement, Conroy had become the first publicly gay baseball player on a professional level, although there had been Major League Baseball players namely Glenn Burke and Billy Bean who had come out after their retirement.

“It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am,” Conroy exclaimed. “I am definitely surprised that no one else has been openly gay in baseball yet.

“I’ve always played baseball because it was fun and I loved the sport. Being gay doesn’t change anything about the way I play or interact with teammates. I hope that in leading by example, more LGBT youth will feel confident to pursue their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.”

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9. Israel Gutierrez, ESPN commentator

famous athletes who came out of closet

ESPN commentator Israel Gutierrez had come out publicly as gay in a flamboyant blog post in which he disclosed the powerful self-hatred he underwent as a closeted gay person until he came across the true love of his life, David.

What motivated Gutierrez to take the leap is his impending wedding to his partner on Sept. 12. For those who had the knowledge of Gutierrez’s engagement, it’s been quite a murmur to see how he would deal with it.

“I decided on this simple blog entry. No formalities, no restrictions, just me letting you into a portion of my life I’ve kept largely separate from my professional career. I’m gay, which plenty of people, I’m sure, have either deduced or just guessed as much over the years.”

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8. Keegan Hirst, rugby

famous athletes who came out of closet

Keegan Hirst of the Batley Bulldogs shared the truth about being gay in a rather lengthy interview he appeared in. “One day, a few months ago, I just thought, ‘You know what? Actually, this is who I am. I’m gay. I felt I could finally be honest with myself.”

Keegan further added: “I had a wife and kids. I’ve been a builder, doorman, worked in factories – I play rugby.

“I tick every macho box. How could I be gay? I’m from Batley for goodness sake. No one is gay in Batley.”

And he reveals: “The only time I felt free of the torment was when I stepped on the rugby pitch. Now I feel free.”

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