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US professional footballer David Testo comes out

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  1. burningworm 11 Nov 2011, 9:19am

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  2. Nawal Husnoo 11 Nov 2011, 9:40am

    [3:7] Come out as soon as it’s safe!
    […]2) The second reason to come out of the closet is that you would need to keep lying to people around you to keep your cover. Lying is a huge drain on your mental resources, as you will need to constantly maintain the cover — a single mistake can blow a cover that took you decades to build. Further, lying to keep your cover can drive you into doing illegal activities.

    3) The third reason is blackmail. If you spend decades building up your cover story and surround yourself with bigots, you are an easy target for blackmail. If somebody discovers you are a closeted gay person, they can make you do a lot of illegal activities or ask you for money in exchange for keeping your secret. The closet is a dangerous place in the long run. Once you leave the closet, you will find yourself surrounded by the people who really care about you and you will not have to worry about being pushed into doing illegal activities or being blackmailed.

    [Gay Agenda, 3:7]

    1. burningworm 11 Nov 2011, 9:49am

      Coming out should be taken as an insult to friends and family. The culture of a home and friends we choose should be that of honesty. Everytime another person comes out it is a decry toward real legitimacy.

    2. Hey, hey, hey
      “Lying is a huge drain …….”, that’s just wrong and simplistic.

      Lying is a skill like any other, and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have to practice constantly.

      Now lying ‘when you don’t want to lie’, that could be draining and stressful

    3. If he joins another team then I’ll have some respect for him, if he doesn’t then all he’s done is come out as soon as no one really cares any more.

      One out active footballer since Fashinu, that’s just wrong.

  3. Good for him.

    And congratulations,

    I have 1 issue with his comments.
    He says: “The one person I wanted to thank the most, I couldn’t. I just didn’t feel comfortable at the time.”

    I think what he MEANT to say was that he chose not to thank his partner.

    No-one forced him into his closet. He chose to stay closeted. Now he has chosen to come out.

    I’m happy that he’s come out but don’t like the insinuation that he had no choise in the matter.

    An effeminate 15 year old in school is a person with no choice. They have to deal with far worse abuse on a daily basis.

    Wealthy football players and singers make a concious choice to stay in the closet.

    1. Commander Thor 11 Nov 2011, 11:05am

      It is easy to forget how terrifying the first step in coming out was…that’s if you had to “come out” at all – some people are born lucky, in families that don’t make it an issue.

      1. True but he was already out to his family, team and friends, so clearly his decision not to thank his partner at awards etc was a deliberate, freely made choice.

        Like I said I’m glad he is out and wish him well.

        But let’s not try to make out like he has any more courage than a 15 year old coming out to his parents.

        The 15 year old has a lot more courage.

  4. jamestoronto 11 Nov 2011, 1:11pm

    The fact that his teammates and the team management knew is evidence that being gay is not that big of a deal – bravado aside – inside the sports world. Haven’t heard the interview yet but the fact that he came out on the French network may have been more of a translation issue where the awkward response about his ignored partner is concerned.

  5. Any pics without the kit?

  6. considering that Montreal is a VERY safe city for LGBT, that Quebec (the province in which we find Montreal) was the first territory in North America to protect LGBT rights, as well as the first to offer civil unions and equality (this before marriage equality was brought in nation-wide), well…

    He really had no reason to stay in the closet.

    Even church-going Catholics in Québec are pro-LGBT rights.

  7. Sad the Fascist Christians have caused LGBT to hide their love away. Of course a lot of blond boys who have blue eyes are viewed as gay even if they are not gay, I wonder why?

  8. No he has come out now he has left football and will use it to make some money…


  9. carrie baker 11 Nov 2011, 6:56pm

    Cogratulations David , for coming out if you came out to take a stand for your other closeted team mates , soon more will get the courage from their fellow brother to stand and take your human rights hand, you must realize their is still alot of pain and scars in some of their eyes , it is just in desquise, but with you face all over the place you have set a positive outcry in every race, now go forth and lend your hand in lgbt center where you can help mentor and build them where every you can, they need you actions that will help loose traction, and they need your reaction to help them move forward every day in a positive way, in more than just you words and picture can say, use your money , your time open summer camps with other sports gay figures and invite the lgbt teens to participate, and make their days, give to their other alforney shelter and help teach that their is real love in their reach, you be one of the one like lady gaga, that is not twittling thier thumbs,

  10. Nope! Chuck Testa!

  11. What is going on with sport coaches and Catholic pedophile priest who are raping and abusing children?

  12. Jock S. Trap 12 Nov 2011, 10:13am

    Progress. Now where are the ones in the UK? Surely the reputation can only improve once people start being honest with themselves.

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