In a touching first-person article, fromer Minnesota Gopher lineman Luke McAvoy revealed to the world that he was gay.
McAvoy made the announcement via the website Outsports.
The former Gopher spoke about his mother telling him to hide is sexuality, which he claims to be both the “best and worst” piece of advice he was ever given. He also talked about the day he finally came out to his teammates.
The responses he got from the first two teammates were “that takes balls, man” and “I am proud of you.” It truly is a touching piece about how difficult it is to come out as gay to others, simply because you don’t know how anyone will react to a subject that is still taboo to so many.
The paragraph that stood out the most was about how he learned the team accepted him:
“Wow, you really are gay, huh?” laughed one of the tight ends, as I ordered a hot chocolate from Starbucks a few nights later (I don’t like coffee and hot chocolate is just delicious). We were all laughing. You might not believe me but that was the moment I knew I was accepted by them. On the team, things that are not really accepted don’t really get mentioned. Things that are accepted or don’t really bother people are what we joke about. It is a weird kind of reverse psychology. But, for me, actually being made fun of for it was when I knew they were totally cool about it.”
If you have 10 minutes of time today, do yourself a favor and give it a read. It’s a direct look into what it’s like to keep something that big a secret for so long.