Former Long Beach State baller is bisexual

You can count the number of Div. 1 college basketball players who have come out as gay or bisexual on one hand. Now count former Long Beach State 49er center Travon Free as one of the very rare openly bisexual former collegiate ballers. Free didn't exactly light it up in college; he played in fewer and fewer games each season and never averaged more than 4 points per game in a season. Still, Free's coming out is inspiring, and he wrote a long insightful piece on his coming out.

Being a young teen I was deathly afraid to mention my feelings to anyone, given the fact I was the basketball player who spent most of his time around other boys all the time. I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable nor did I want to face the possible rejection and ridicule that would come along with thinking you might be anything other than straight. I knew I couldn’t be gay because I knew I was attracted to girls sexually but I knew there was more to me than I could understand at the time.

Free is now a comedian in Los Angeles.

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