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High School and College Athletes Coming Out Sooner Than Ever

By: rubinlee - Published: Aug 1, 2007 • References: latimes
The acceptance of being gay is more accepted in teenagers than ever before. Earlier in the year, Trend Hunter published an article about gay teens coming out earlier than ever. Now, research is showing the same trend among high school and college athletes.

According to the LA Times, "an emerging generation of openly gay and lesbian athletes on high school and college campuses across the country... are quietly venturing where no pro football or baseball star has gone, challenging the conformist, if not downright homophobic, tradition of the playing fields. Their numbers are difficult to gauge because many confide only in peers. Experts chart the trend anecdotally through athletes who join gay rights clubs at school, e-mail gay rights advocates for advice or announce their sexual orientation on websites such as Facebook and MySpace."