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.