After spending years inside a world that has long resisted acceptance of openly gay athletes, Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley has come out of the closet. In an article in the newspaper on Thursday, Buckley admits that he is gay.
Buckley writes that it was his mother's idea seven years ago to tell readers about his sexuality. About a month later she passed away, and the column was never written -- until now:
But I’ve put this off long enough. I haven’t been fair to my family, my friends or my co-workers. And I certainly haven’t been fair to myself: For too many years I’ve been on the sidelines of Boston’s gay community but not in the game — figuratively and literally, as I feel I would have had a pretty good career in the (gay) Beantown Softball League.
Buckley writes that over the past few months, he has discussed the coming-out process with friends, family and his bosses at the Herald. He said they were all very supportive.
But during this same period, I have read sobering stories about people who came undone, killing themselves after being outed. These tragic events helped guide me to the belief that if more people are able to be honest about who they are, ultimately fewer people will feel such devastating pressure.
Interestingly, Buckley didn't speculate on what it might be like to be an openly gay man in the male-dominated world of sports.
He closed his column with this:
It’s my hope that from now on I’ll be more involved. I’m not really sure what I mean by being “involved,” but this is a start: I’m gay.