Univ. of Texas swimmer Matt Korman comes out to teammates in email

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    Nov 12, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Here's the email he sent to his team that got the ball rolling:

    Guys,

    The last year has been a rather difficult one for me and I have spent a lot of time soul searching and trying to figure out which end is up. One thing in particular has taken me quite a long time to come to terms with, and I want to address it here and now because it's way past due.

    Within the past year, I have fallen into a state of depression, which has deeply affected my life. I have had a hard time sleeping at night, eating, and have lost a lot of interest in swimming. For the first time in my career, I was ready to quit swimming at the end of the summer. Not many people have noticed something has been wrong. The ones that did, I just blamed all the stress on my schoolwork, which has been my scapegoat. But, I miss sleeping at night; being happy and being the person I used to be when it didn't really matter. Although this has been something I have known for a while, it hit me particularly hard more recently as I have realized that I'm not getting any younger and would like to start dating and enjoy the simple things of life that I have been missing out on. When I was younger I thought I was only curious or it was just a phase for me, but have come to terms that I'm actually gay. (There, I finally said it)

    For a long time I tried to be someone that I am not. By opening up and talking about it I have learnt that this is normal and its okay to be who I am. I have accepted myself for who I am. There is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not something that I choose. It just is.

    Please know that I am telling you this about myself because I love you guys and I really want you to know this important part of me. I was growing tired of all the lying, dishonesty, and pretending. You all have always been there for me and supported me in everything that I do. You are and forever will be my brothers. I simply couldn't continue to hide this from you anymore because it was slowly killing me. I want you to know me for who I am. I pray that this will not change anything, but I know for some of you this is uneasy. I want you all to know that I am here to have an open dialogue. If you have questions or concerns please be honest with me as I am being with you. Do not hesitate to ask me questions if you have any (appropriate ones). I know this email has been a bit heavy and I apologize for that. All I can do is hope you will accept me for who I am and realize that I really haven't changed. I am still the same me.

    I love you guys & thank you for listening.

    Best,

    Matt

    http://www.outsports.com/2013/11/11/5090032/texas-swimmer-matt-korman-gay-email
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    Nov 12, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    Awwww

    Nice share mister.
  • 6packabs

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    Nov 12, 2013 9:12 AM GMT
    I wish I were a teammate. I'd give him love and support
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    Nov 12, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    such a courageous thing for Matt to do and the support from his team is so inspiring. wish i could hotlist them all. icon_razz.gif
  • brickboy1966

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    Nov 13, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    So proud of him.
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    Nov 13, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    Glad to see the World is coming around to its senses with each coming generation.
    =')
  • flahotstuff

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    Nov 13, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    what does matt look like???
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    Nov 13, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    That is awesome