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

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.