"Who's Up for Chipotle?" Villanova U. Swimming Team celebrates with newly-out teammate

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    Feb 09, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
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    OutSportsRyan Murtha grew up a Boy Scout. He loved the Boy Scouts. His family - dad, mom and three brothers - have made the organization a family endeavor in Philadelphia, and Ryan made it his passion. Growing up from elementary school to high school he dedicated much of his free time outside of the classroom and the pool to advancing as far in the organization as he could, eventually being named an Eagle Scout. While he hasn't been able to engage with the organization much since entering college, Murtha has planned to become a Boy Scout leader upon graduating from Villanova University.

    He won't be allowed to do that anymore.


    In early January, while most students were still enjoying their winter break, Murtha gathered his Villanova swim team to tell them he's gay.


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    OutSportsThe team headed to Chipotle, where a routine post-workout meal awaited. Since it was still winter break for the rest of the school, the dining halls were closed. Thankfully Murtha was able to take advantage of the Chipotle gift cards he'd received for Christmas. "Chicken burrito with lettuce, cheese, mild salsa, sour cream and guacamole please." At Chipotle, various teammates approached him to reassure him everything was going to be fine - They weren't going to turn their backs on their friend and teammate just because he happened to be gay.

    Since that day a month ago, Murtha has felt nothing but love from his team. They are now focused on their next dual meet, with Pittsburgh on Feb. 7. He has already qualified for the Big East Championships in four events: 100-meter breast, 200-meter breast, 200-meter medley and 400-meter medley.

    He's also come out to his Catholic parents, whom he said are still struggling a bit but who have offered him love and support.


  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 11, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    This is excellent news. It is great that this swimmer still has the full support of both his teammates and his family during his coming out process. As for the Boy Scouts, well that is their loss since they don't want to change an archaic, idiotic policy in regards to gay men being in their organization.
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    Feb 11, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
    I've never understood the BSA's stance on this, especially since statistically speaking, about 10% of their leaders and members, past and present, were likely gay, and just didn't mention it due to *external* societal pressures.


    I'm waiting for the brave ones at the *top* of the organization to say "Fuck it" and come out - shaking the organization to its core.

    Boy Scouts of *Canada* has *no* such restrictions, and there hasn't been fire and brimstone from Heaven, or a sudden rush of gay Scouts, or a mass of molestation cases, all the paranoid ravings that BSA uses as support for it's actions (along with, of course, the infamous "Morals" clause - but who decides if being gay is immoral - obviously people who think it is....)

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    Feb 12, 2015 2:28 PM GMT
    Doctor9 saidI've never understood the BSA's stance on this, especially since statistically speaking, about 10% of their leaders and members, past and present, were likely gay, and just didn't mention it due to *external* societal pressures.


    I'm waiting for the brave ones at the *top* of the organization to say "Fuck it" and come out - shaking the organization to its core.

    Boy Scouts of *Canada* has *no* such restrictions, and there hasn't been fire and brimstone from Heaven, or a sudden rush of gay Scouts, or a mass of molestation cases, all the paranoid ravings that BSA uses as support for it's actions (along with, of course, the infamous "Morals" clause - but who decides if being gay is immoral - obviously people who think it is....)

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    Canada along with New Zealand and most of Europe have almost always been ahead of the usa in terms of social and cultural values and norms. Even our predominately catholic southern neighbor Mexico is speeding ahead of the usa in the same aspects. Here in the usa we have the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs who think that they are speaking gods actual words with their idiotic opposition but it is all baseless bullshit obviously.
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    Feb 13, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    Dude's hot but you can tell in the first pic he knows it.