NBA Executive and Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts Publicly Comes Out

While Ruben Diaz and NOM was trying to make yesterday a day of neo- christian gay hate and fascism against the LGBT Community.  Another gay man besides Don lemon came out of the closet, that man was none other than  long-time National Basketball Association executive and Phoenix Suns President & Chief Executive Officer Rick Welts

The New York Times once again profiled the coming out story with Welts explaining the specifics of the 40 years he spent hiding his sexuality from those in the NBA.

Two years ago, a 14-year relationship ended badly, in part because his partner finally rejected the shadow life that Mr. Welts required. “My high profile in this community, and my need to have him be invisible,” Mr. Welts said, with clear regret. “That ultimately became something we couldn’t overcome.”

He began to think: here he was, in his mid-50s, and maybe he had sacrificed too much; and maybe he should open up about his sexuality, in a way that might help others. He kept a journal, sought advice from his sister and close friends, listed the pros and cons. He also had long talks with his widowed mother, Phyllis, in the months before she died of lung cancer, at 85, last fall. She encouraged him to do what he thought was best.

The article is a great read and a truly heartrending story.

I hope Welts is rewarded with peace of mind at last.

Rick Welts is a whole new definition of  the term “sports hero.”

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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