Texas Swimmer Comes Out to Teammates

A college junior comes out to his swim teammates.

BY Michelle Garcia

November 11 2013 2:57 PM ET

A swimmer for the University of Texas came out to his teammates as his team looks toward hosting the NCAA national championships in March.

Matt Korman told his teammates that he is gay through an email sent earlier this year, Outsports reports. He told his team that he felt the need to come out after experiencing depression and wanting to quit his sport because of it. After some soul-searching and telling his family about his orientation, he came out to his team, simply because he said he was tired of "all the lying, dishonesty, and pretending."

One of Korman's teammates sent the message to Outsports and said each swimmer on the team has been supportive of Korman's decision to come out.

"I've been totally blessed by this whole situation because it's gone so well," Korman later told Outsports. "I've gotten zero negative feedback. There were a couple guys who always throw around the word faggot and try to make every situation as masculine as possible. We have guys from the middle of nowhere conservative Texas. But they've been like, 'we're totally fine, you're still my friend and my teammate and good for you.'"

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