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Openly Gay Professional Poker Player Jason Somerville Talks About Life Since Coming Out – Video

Last February 24 year  professional poker player Jason Somerville came out to the world via a post on a poker website where he bared his soul  about being gay and hiding in the closet in the professional world of gambling and in his own personal life.

I always knew I wasn’t straight, but I never spoke a word of it for twenty  two years, and nobody really ever knew otherwise. I dated women exclusively  through my teens and early 20s, doing my best to convince myself that it wasn’t  something I had to pursue, that maybe I’d grow out of it, that I’d be happier  with women anyway, that I just should focus on other things.

After a lot of struggling and a lot of anxiety, I eventually came out to one  of my close friends when I was 22. That same year, the second and third people I  came out to were my parents (probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done), from  which I basically received the not-exactly-what-I-needed reaction of ‘keep it to  yourself, don’t tell anyone.’ I told very few people from then until I was 24  (by the way, my parents are way better now).”

Now in a follow-up at PokerListings.com Jason talks about his journey since coming out and how he’s putting honesty and happiness first—and that it’s a gamble that really paid off.

Truly inspirational.

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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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