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Podcast: What's the best way for athletes to ‘come out’ as straight?

Tips for straight athletes sharing their true selves.

Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza called a press conference to announce he’s straight. He’s been mocked for it ever since.

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There are lots of ways LGBT athletes can come out publicly when they feel it's time. TV interviews, magazine columns, press conferences, social media. Depending on the athlete, they can find the right way that works for them and best tells their own personal story.

There are also lots of ways athletes can declare their straightness, too. There are plenty of athletes who have done it over the years. For some it's announcing a wedding engagement, for some it's showing up to Yankee Stadium with a different woman on his arm every other week, and for some it involves a declarative public statement making clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are straight.

We talk about all of these different ways of sharing one's straightness with the world, and we look at how different professional athletes, from Mike Piazza to Troy Aikman, have done it over the years.