Saturday, February 9, 2013

OUT SPOKEN: BRIAN SIMMS - PA REP (D), former FOOTBALL PLAYER

"I think I knew I wasn't straight 
long before I knew I was gay."

EXACTLY! I'm not sure I have ever heard anyone put it quite that way but it is, for me, the perfect answer and perspective on what it's like to not be heterosexual.

I read Brian's complete quote on Joe.My.God.:
"The truth is I was gay my whole life. I had dated girls in high school. I think I knew I wasn't straight long before I knew I was gay. I knew by the time I got to college that I was gay. My team actually came to me to ask me whether I was gay. They wanted to talk about it. They asked me about the struggle and when I was going to tell people. I didn't go through the same struggles as people today. Today, you have 14-15-16 year olds so confident and secure in their sexuality. I was not. I wasn't a gay 17-year-old ready to come out to the world. When I got to college, I realized I was gay. I just didn't know how to go about it. My college didn't have a LGBT group to give me the language to come out. It was my quarterback who asked me first."
 - Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, whom ESPN calls  "the only college football captain to ever come out."







10 comments:

  1. handsome guy! he probably makes the old white redumblican guys in harrisburg nervous. GOOD FOR HIM!

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  2. AM - he probably makes them horny!

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  3. A gorgeous man! And his statement really hit home with me because that used to be my exact view of myself.

    I knew I wasn't 100% straight for years but figured out that I was actually gay only 1.5 years ago, when I had my first hookup.

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  4. Laugh if you like, but I had my first adult gay sexual encounter when I was 57 yrs old. Up until that point, my whole life in fact, I existed on the perimeter of 'straightness', and always feeling guilty about my attraction to men.

    Now I am not NEARLY Gay, I am REALLY Gay and content for the first time in my life.

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  5. I don't know I doubt if ALL teens are that confident to come out today. I think it depends on what part of the country you live in.
    He's a very handsome man. What a hunk!
    I knew I was as attracted to men from since I can remember.

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  6. It's good that athletes at all levels (except perhaps pro sports) are able to come out. Outsports, You Can Play, other orgs and outlets can help a lot, especially with the teens of today. And for him to be such a good example, that helps a whole lot more!
    Peace <3
    Jay

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  7. right on for him-- handsome fella too!

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  8. Brian's story is more the norm for us. I had the same thoughts and feeligs as a teen and young adult. More than one factor keeps us in the closet sometimes is ourself.

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