About Us

We are a three young adults wanting to change the way teenage gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning athletes are viewed in the sports world. All of us are varsity athletes in high school who are on our own paths to being who we truly are. Brad is a runner, while Ben and Robert play soccer. We met online, became fast friends and realized there was no website out there specifically for people like us, so figured why not us? We invite you to take the stand with us and begin walking the road to equality.

We’ve created this blog to help others out in the world who also have had trouble accepting, questioning, or becoming comfortable with their sexuality because of sports or other activities that they feel force them to stay hidden from the world.

While this blog is written by teens for other teens, we welcome all readers, regardless of age or sexual orientation, and invite everyone to comment; but please be respectful since we want this to be a welcoming and fun place.

We also encourage telling your own story. We realize more than anyone that not everyone can use his or her name. We would gladly offer you anonymity if you chose, but before we publish your story we will need to confirm that you are who you say you are. And we will never out anyone.

If you would like us to post your stories on here contact us at: bradrobertben@gmail.com. We can not reiterate enough to please comment and discuss our posts freely!

Sincerely, the bloggers,
Brad, Robert, and Ben

28 Responses to About Us

  1. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey!!

  2. Cori says:

    I am looking forward to following this blog. Thanks for giving a voice to this- I hope it will be a successful forum for others to share their stories or at least feel comfort reading and identifying with yours.

  3. starsfan14 says:

    Looks like a fantastic blog with a great mission! Look forward to reading!

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  5. Ian says:

    This sounds like it will be great. Thank you guys so much for creating this site!

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  7. Tony Lopez says:

    Hi Guys,
    I would like to invite you to visit our website and check out our media company. We are Compete Sports Media and “We Are Gay Sports” is our slogan. If there is anything more you would like to know, please feel free to contact me!

    Tony Lopez
    Director of Sales
    Compete Sports Media
    (480) 222-4223

  8. Tony Lopez says:

    Sorry, I thought the website would populate! Here it is: http://www.competesportsnetwork.com and for our radio show: http://www.competesportsradio.com

  9. Rebecca says:

    I think you guys are amazing. I’m so happy that the three of you were brave enough to start this thing and that you care enough to reach out to others.

    Keep being awesome, guys. It suits you.

  10. Jon says:

    This really is absolutely wonderful. I’ve not been out of high school for that long, and though the “It Gets Better” videos are a nice gesture, there’s absolutely no reason it can’t *be* better. Thank you all for helping things get better- not for those who have made it to later stages in life, but for the young.

  11. BartmanLA says:

    The courage you three have demonstrated is beyond compare, I wish you all well and much success in reaching other GLBT athletes, parents, educators and peers. Each of you are heroes to many! Good Luck!

  12. Jay Floyd says:

    I’m an Indie Filmmaker in Los Angeles and I found your blog through one of the political blogs I frequent.

    I’m 44 now. When I was in High School in the South, I didn’t have one single person to share the experience of being young and gay with.

    We’ve come a long way, Gents. Please appreciate the time you’re living in — and things are only going to get even better.

    Bravo.

    • woychck AL says:

      I agree with Jay Floyd… being in the same age group and situation. Thanks guys for your courage. Ill be watching your blog I have favorited. Thanks again . AL Paseck WOychck

  13. Andrew says:

    I started a website with a very similar idea(whatisyourgay.com). Not sports related but set up to help people share their stories and how they as LGBT people define themselves outside of their sexuality. Your site looks great. I added you to my blogroll and wish you all the best. Keep up the good work, what you are doing will help many people that you will never meet.

  14. Sarah says:

    Hey there! Just giving you guys a shout out from Massachusetts. I’m 18 years old and an openly lesbian president of my high school’s Gay Straight Alliance. I also happen to be a competitive speech and debater, poet, volleyball player, singer, and devout Catholic. Your message that sexuality shouldn’t define who we are is wonderful, and I really admire the maturity and honesty with which you guys share your thoughts, feelings, and lives. I’m going to share this blog with my GSA and all the folks at my local PFFLAG chapter. Who knows– maybe some of their kids are athletes too :)

  15. sarah says:

    You guys are awesome.

  16. Wendy says:

    Congratulations on taking this courageous step on your journey to peace, empowerment and happiness. And, thank you for doing so in such a public way as to assist others on their journey. You are three remarkable men.

  17. Craig says:

    Hey guys – Great idea, great site, and great effort. Best of luck with everything.

    I was gay high school football player about a zillion years ago. The times were very different then – but these many years later, I’m still tight with many of my teammates. There are bonds that develop in a locker room or on a playing field that can last a lifetime.

    My partner and I just launched a gay hockey fan site. Maybe the first one.
    We welcome you as readers: http://puckbuddys.com

  18. comingoutgay says:

    hey guys this blog is great. After following it, I have been inspired to make my own, feel free to check it out!

    http://comingoutgay.wordpress.com/

  19. Richard says:

    This is truly amazing. I Don’t often comment on these things until I realized how new this is.

    The thing about this blog that is REVOLUTIONARY, is that this blog is uniquely targeting one of the mostly untouched frontiers towards truly making this a socially accepting world, especially for our LGBT youth. This frontier, is that of being a gay athlete.

    For many of us, at our high schools, there were openly gay individuals, but typically in high school the openly gay males are not involved in sports. For those not involved in sports, coming out may mean a great deal, but ultimately your routine is changeable. For many LBGT individuals involved in sports, the sport itself seems like a reason we can’t come out, for fear that we will not be able to continue being a part of the team. This paralyzes many of us, and prevents us from coming out in high school, which ultimately is just making life harder.

    I didn’t come out until 2 years ago in college, and I wish I’d been out the day that I got here. But college campuses as a whole, are a very easy place to come out, because the atmosphere is typically more accepting.

    You 3 are providing a means for high schools to become a more accepting place. People WILL follow in your footsteps. Athletes in high schools will come out, and challenge the stereotypes about LGBT youth. It will be like a domino effect, athletes coming out in high school will make it easier for other athletes to do the same.

    Hopefully one day, our society will be at a point of acceptance where no one, athletes or otherwise, will be afraid to come out, and this blog is part of making that future a reality. Making it easier for athletes to come out as gay/lesbian/bi will make it easier for everyone to do so. This site is unique in that you three are modeling an example that will show other athletes that they can follow in your footsteps, and that they can come out, athletes who otherwise might not find the courage. This process will create social change, and will make the world a better place for LGBT youth. What you all are doing is remarkably brave and beautifully astounding. Thank you all for this.

  20. Emily says:

    This is so amazing. I’m glad i fell upon this. i can’t wait to start reading. Great idea!

  21. Kathleen Myre says:

    My email address changed so I wanted to add the new one to get updates on the site.

  22. Brandi Abair says:

    I would like to thank you for this blog. I am the mother of a gay teen and an athelete. I beleive that him reading this will help him remain a high school athelete. I look forward to reading more from the three of you as will my son. Thank you again, not only for the blog, but for your courage and strength in who you are!

    • It’s great to see your support of your son Ma’am!

    • Fawn Yacker says:

      Brandi (and others who may be interested),
      We are seasoned documentary filmmakers who are making a film about men’s pro sport. Specifically we are posing the question – Why has no pro athlete in any of the top five major sports ever come out publicly while they are still actively playing? Our company, Woman Vision, has produced over ten award winning documentaries including Academy Award nominated “Straight from the Heart” and more recently, the highly acclaimed “Training Rules”. We are now searching for a young athlete (Jr. High or lower grade High School) who can accompany us on some of our most strategic interviews, most importantly our interviews with the commissioners of all five sports. He would be a co-interviewer with Cyd Zeigler who is one of the founders of OutSports.com, the preeminent website for gays and sport. If your son or any young man you know would be interested in speaking with us about this venture, please contact – Fawn Yacker – director, The Last Closet – email: thelastcloset@gmail.com
      Brad, Ben and Robert I congratulate you on your blog and thank you for making the road to tolerance that much more walkable.

  23. Sam says:

    As someone quite literally old enough to be your father or (older) uncle, I have to pass along my immense admiration for each of you. Even in the “liberal” 60s and 70s when I was your age, the number of guys who came out was minimal, and the number of student athletes who were out was zero.

    Continue on your journeys with the knowledge that you’re making a difference. I’m not sure if you see what you’re doing as courageous or not, but in my opinion, it is. I believe you will give other students (regardless of their athleticism or other interests) comfort in accepting themselves and the courage to come out and remain proud.

    Best wishes guys…

  24. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for this blog :) It’s so reassuring! Best of luck to all of you.

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