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Athletes Clash on Coming Out

Athletes Clash on Coming Out


Two openly gay athletes are in a debate over whether other gay athletes should go public about their sexual orientation.

Last week German goalie Ursula Holl said it was "problematic" for male athletes to come out. "The more you disclose about your personal life, the more vulnerable you are," she said, according to Outsports. "And the fans in the stadium can be very, very cruel. These public hostilities would be difficult to bear. I would not advise any football player to come out."

However, Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup countered that coming out shouldn't be forced for athletes, but the process can be rewarding.

"...The advice I offer is this: You are not alone," he said. "Many others just like you and me are out there. For me, coming out made my life better. I perform better, I live better, and life all around is generally better. If you are afraid of what you might lose, think about what you will gain. If one door closes, I can promise you that another will open."

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