...and Rick Welts happens to be gay. There's something very powerful about high-level professionals in sports coming out. Especially ones that have been and are very influential. It's especially amazing when he gets the support of his equally powerful and equally influential "teammates". What still gets me is how much time gets wasted before some people realize that living your honest life is much more important than anything else.
I don't really want to hear how brave someone is for coming out of the closet after years of profiting from being in.. I don't really find it that brave when you decide to put yourself on hold. I don't find it brave at all when anyone puts themselves on the back burner of life to meet the needs of others. I don't really find it brave when you force the people who care for you to support your facade in order to make millions. I don't find it brave just because after years of living in misery, you finally decided that this is the time.
I think bravery comes from living a life that may cause you to lose millions, may cause you to lose friendships, may cause you to lose what you consider valuable but yet come out with your dignity intact, your mind clear, and your integrity solid. Later.