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Derrick Gordon

This week, University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Cordon came out, making history as the first openly gay male NCAA Division 1 basketball player. In a statement, he said, "I've always loved sports, but always felt I had to hide and be someone that I'm not." In an interview with OutSports, Gordon said he'd been struggling with teasing from teammates, and after he spoke with them about it, there "wasn't a dry eye in the room." Now he wants to help other LGBT athletes, saying he wants to "give kids some courage" and a role model to look up to.