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Gay teen soccer player wishes Robbie Rogers happy birthday, thanks him for saving his life

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Message shows the power of coming out.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin
(Photo from his Instagram)

Michael Martin is a high school soccer player in West Virginia who is openly gay. His story about attending the senior prom with his boyfriend two weeks ago struck a chord with a lot of people.

Michael posted this on Twitter today in honor of the birthday of MLS player Robbie Rogers, himself openly gay:

If you want to know why it's important for gay athletes to come out, this tells you all you need to know.