@Outsports – This gay man from NASCAR explains why coming out is paramount to obtaining equality by @KevinRamsell & @Gay50Blog Commentary

Kevin Ramsell (left) with “The King” Richard Petty.

On a recent episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, they filed a story on Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts. This was followed up by Coach Steve Kerr’s comment that more gay athletes need to come out to see a change.

Hearing Mr. Welts story hit me close to home.

 I grew up going to a Lutheran grade school and high school, where I was surrounded by a stigma that gay people are to be shamed rather than applauded. The thought of being gay never crossed my mind. In my 20s, I got involved in auto racing from working with a race team all the way up to working for a sanctioning body, then for a news/public relations Web site.

Throughout that process I realized that I wasn’t like the other guys.  I couldn’t get involved in conversations about women because I honestly had no interest.  It was then I started my journey to coming out. At the time I assumed being gay in the auto racing world would have more of a negative impact on my life.  So I kept it quiet, just like Rick Welts did with much of his career in the NBA.

Read the full story here.

COMMENTARY – Welcome to your true self Kevin.  As long as there are people like you who are willing to stand in your truth, the world will be a better place.

It doesn’t take magazine covers or public declarations, it just takes each of us living our lives to our best potential.  You serve as an example!  Thank you!

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