Sportswriter Steve Buckley has taken one small step for himself and a giant leap for the LGBTQ community today by coming out of the closet in his column for the Boston Herald.
Buckley titled his column, “Welcome to my coming-out party,” saying, “I haven’t been fair to my family, my friends or my co-workers. And I certainly haven’t been fair to myself: For too many years, I’ve been on the sidelines of Boston’s gay community but not in the game — figuratively and literally, as I feel I would have had a pretty good career in the (gay) Beantown Softball League.”
The columnist admits that his inspiration for finally opening up about his sexuality was his mother. He describes having come out to her, and then adds, “My mother… didn’t like the idea of me coming out publicly; she was of the opinion that it was really nobody’s business, and she worried that prejudice might disrupt my career.” Eventually, though, his mother warmed up to the idea of her son coming clean with his readers. About seven years ago, she told him, “Just go ahead and do it. And then we’ll have a party.” How perfect!
Unfortunately, though, his mother passed away shortly thereafter, before Buckley was able to get his column – or his sexuality – out.
Buckley has taken his decision to come out very seriously, having discussed it with the paper’s editor-in-chief and his section’s editor. He admits that while his colleagues and friends have been extremely supportive, he was worried nonetheless, having read “sobering stories about people who came undone, killing themselves after being outed.” Buckley decided to come out because he believes “that if more people are able to be honest about who they are, ultimately fewer people will feel such devastating pressure.”
What a poignant statement. And how inspiring for the thousands of young people out there that are desperately in need of confident, successful gay role models. Buckley may not be an athlete, but with this one gesture, he’s surely become a sports legend.
Source: NY Daily News
Photo: Boston Sports Media