Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

American soccer star Robbie Rogers, who has represented the United States men’s national soccer team in the 2008 Olympics, took to his personal blog today to announce his retirement and to come out as gay.

In his post, the 25-year-old writes,“Life is only complete when your loved ones know you.  When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone.  Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret. “

The process of coming out and living openly is a journey unique to each individual.  It is an act of bravery and authenticity to decide to come out.

We applaud Rogers’ courage and the positive example he sets for LGBT youth.  We wish him the best in this next chapter of his life.

Countless American film and music stars, athletes and politicians have come out, whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or an ally. Learn more about the journey with HRC’s Coming Out Project.

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