Gay College Runner Finds Acceptance

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Despite being inadvertently outed, one gay college athlete in Virginia is finding solace in the fact that his track and field teammates are accepting of his sexuality. 

In a recent profile by OutSports, College of William and Mary student Cavender Salvadori recalled the process of coming out to his track teammates after his then-boyfriend let the secret slip that he was in a relationship with a man.

"That freaked me the fuck out," Salvadori said, remembering how his boyfriend told his teammate and friend Jacob Sears that the two had been dating, and how anxious he felt because someone on his team knew his secret. "I can't believe the moment I've been dreading my whole life is about to happen."

Fortunately for Salvadori, Sears was surprisingly supportive of him, as were many other members of the William and Mary track team, and let him know that his being gay made no difference to them.

"He's my teammate, and this didn't change anything," said Sears. "He's my friend. I love him."

Read Salvadori’s full profile at OutSports.

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