Professional bowl Anthony Pepe, who is openly gay and came out publicly in 2015, said in a Facebook post that he feels lucky to be gay.

"When it's all said and done, it wasn't a choice," Pepe said, "I just got damn lucky."

We talk about the feeling of isolation as a gay youth and the incredible freedom gay adults can feel as they venture to college and beyond. If only we could show our 14-year-old selves what life if like as an out and proud gay person, we could have felt a lot less heartache.

Speaking of lucky to be gay, two openly gay men in the NBA and WNBA are succeeding in front offices. Rick Welts and Curt Miller have seen success and are being handed more responsibility in the wake of some positive movement for their teams and their careers. If there is so much homophobia in basketball, why are these two men succeeding so well?

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