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The desperate consequence of casual words

Locker room language drove closeted baseball player James Nutter to embark on a suicide attempt. Now he wants to help gay athletes find their way out of the closet.

Another gay teenager, Jeffrey Fehr, commits suicide. Closeted athletes still offer no help.


Every time I see a kid has killed himself, I can't help but think about the professional athletes who are closeted. In case you missed it, teenager Jeffrey Fehr killed himself near Sacramento,...

My Life, Part 1: Greg Congdon shares his story of being closeted...and being outed


Editor's Note: Greg Congdon was a high school football player and wrestler in rural Pennsylvania. He struggled with his sexual orientation for years until he was outed. It was such a touchstone in...

Jamey Rodemeyer: This is why pro athletes should come out of our society's last closet


One of the reasons we hear professional athletes don't come out is that they don't have a good reason. "They would risk too much," we hear. "They can just wait until after retirement." But of...

Moment #69: Ed Gallagher survives suicide attempt


Part of Outsports’ series on our 100 most important moments in gay sports history. Football, 1985. Former Pitt Panther standout Ed Gallagher lied down atop the Kensico Dam, asked God for...

Chris Kanyon, out former wrestler, dies


Sad news came in this weekend about the apparent suicide of openly gay former pro wrestler Chris Kanyon on Friday. Kanyon was a former tagteam champion with the WCW and WWE and came out publicly...

Anti-Gay Bullying Leads To 6th Grader's Suicide


Sixth-grader Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover (at right) had been playing football and basketball at the New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, Massachusetts trying to make friends. But the new kid...

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