Jake Bain a star high school football player has come out as gay, While he is coming out publicly in a interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he told his teammates and family some time ago. The 18 year old said that hiding his sexuality make him a less effective player.
His coach John Merritt, says about two years ago he saw Bain walk off the field at an end of season game two years ago to get a hug from his boyfriend. “When you’re kind of half yourself, showing everyone half yourself pretty much, it weighs on you,” says Bain. “I definitely always tried to play to that macho status of a football player with a girlfriend, so I was definitely trying to cover all the bases so people wouldn’t find out."
I had a couple girlfriends in high school at Burroughs. People used to always describe me as a ladies man. … I was still questioning what I really wanted. Jake Bain
Jake would find complete support in his family and friends. His grandfather Jim says “We are so happy that he’s the type of person that he is — that he’s kind to others, a good leader with how he treats people. And he has a lot of strong qualities as an athlete and as a person.” However, Bain admits it was always easy, in 2014 he would receive more than 600 test messages from anonymous individuals sending homophobic slurs at him. “There were countless nights that I would cry myself to sleep, begging to wake up straight,” he said. “And asking why it had to be me, why can’t I just be normal?” he states.
He admits that coming out has been the best thing he's ever done, being true to himself and owing who he is. Importantly he believes he owed it to anyone out there is in the same position, feeling alone and lost.
He wants his story to inspire and help other struggling with similar issues to know their not alone. He states “I hope that people out there who are too afraid to come out — because of what people might think of them — will see me in this position and have the courage to be themselves, as well,” furthermore “I’m with you and in your corner — both to support you and give you any advice you may need. Trust me, I know it’s hard.”
Not to worry about Bains, the Senior from John Burroughs has signed to play college football with Indiana State as a running back. We wish him the best of luck.
h/t: St. Louis Post-Dispatch