Openly Gay, Black Wrestler

TweetSharebar TweetShareTweet OutSports is one of our favorite sites for a reason… they are always profiling openly gay athletes, helping to break down stereotypes about what it means to be gay, straight and/or athletic. They recently profiled the coming out story of Akil Patterson.  He was a college football player that struggled with his sexual […]

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OutSports is one of our favorite sites for a reason… they are always profiling openly gay athletes, helping to break down stereotypes about what it means to be gay, straight and/or athletic.

They recently profiled the coming out story of Akil Patterson.  He was a college football player that struggled with his sexual identity. But, on his own terms, he has come out and has blossomed as a competitive wrestler.  When he initially told his story in October, he only used the initials AK. But now he’s ready to come out publicly as Akil.

Read the full interview on OutSports:  Greco-Roman Wrestler Comes Out Publicly

Akil Patterson Comes Out

After the story appeared, it sounds like Akil got quite the reaction. So, he responded on his blog saying:

“Its ok but hell folks you act like i was keeping it from people, cause if i was i would be really bad! I mean really i drop clues when i am drunk and guess what i always say i am going dancing, really who goes Dancing alone and never invites people to go with them? Its not like i plan guys nights out since all my boys are married and no i really dont date and no i dont have “gay” friends really. Matter of fact i just happen to be a big black normal guy really and thats it.”

Read Akil’s Blog – Find out the Reaction to his Coming Out

How did people react when you came out?  Did anyone care? Already know? Still waiting to tell your folks?


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