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Derrick Gordon, UMASS basketball player
Derrick Gordon, a starting sophomore for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, will be the first openly gay player in Division 1 men's basketball. From ESPN:
The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in the span of just a few days at the beginning of April. That's when he also decided to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.

"I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?'"

Gordon, a native of Plainfield, N.J., said that a key moment for him came when the Brooklyn Nets signed veteran center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract in February. Collins, who publicly acknowledged his sexuality last May, became the first openly gay player in NBA history when he took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 23.

"That was so important to me, knowing that sexuality didn't matter, that the NBA was OK with it," Gordon said.

Watch his truly thoughtful, courageous interview here.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 08:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos, LGBT Kos Community, Milk Men And Women, and The Wide World of Sports.

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