Derrick Gordon of UMass Comes Out As First Openly Gay Male D-1 Basketball Player


Looks like more gay athletes are coming out of the closet, and publicly embracing their sexuality. This is groundbreaking!

Via CBS Sports:

Derrick Gordon and UMass head coach Derek Kellogg subsequently had interviews on ESPN to discuss the announcement.

Fagan asked Gordon how he felt now that he had come out. He responded: “Awesome.”

For this to be happening right now, me coming out, it’s an indescribable feeling, honestly,” Gordon said. “I couldn’t be any happier. I feel like I can fly.” He told his teammates exactly one week ago, after coming out to Kellogg.

Kellogg spoke first. “We’re all here together, and we need to love each other for who we are,” he said. “One of your family members, your brother, wants to let you know something about himself.”


There was a pause. And then Kellogg, sensing that Gordon needed help, tried breaking the ice. “I wanted to let you all know I’m gay,” the coach said. His players all looked at him, stunned. What?

Gordon took his cue and spoke up.

“No, he’s not. But I am.”

“I was thinking about summer plans and just being around my teammates and how it was going to be,” Gordon told Fagan. “I just thought, ‘Why not now? Why not do it in the offseason when it’s the perfect time to let my teammates know and everybody know my sexuality.”

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