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MIT ballplayer comes out to teammates: ‘It was so supportive, it was ridiculous’

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sean Karson, a junior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-captain of the Engineers baseball team, took a deep breath, and told his coaches and teammates this week that he is gay.

Sean Karson

“They came up and gave me high fives and said they’d have my back and everything,” he said. “It was so supportive, it was ridiculous.”

“I have never been myself up until very recently,” Karson told the Boston Herald. “Everything’s been just sort of cold and calculated. I’ve been in this fortress, I guess, and haven’t let my emotions out at all.”

“I worried that I had no emotions, that I didn’t feel much about anything. It was really weird.”

Karson said he’s been following the work of the “You Can Play” project, founded in memory of Brendan Burke, whose own coming-out story continues to inspire. And he said he was deeply moved by James Nutter, the former University of Southern Maine baseball player who recently came out.

He said he did notice a couple of teammates held back when he announced he is gay, but got emails from them afterward saying “how much they respected me, but that they needed to collect their thoughts first.”

Karson, who grew up outside Orlando, Fla., said he looks forward to the day when “sports are never going to be a scary place for LGBT people again” and the locker room is “a safe space everywhere.”

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Come out come out wherever you are!

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 7:52pm
  2. As time goes on – it will be a moot point

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:01pm
  3. The day will come when someone’s sexuality wont even be a topic of discussion unless they want it to be. you will be an athlete, a politician, a singer, an actor or a parent

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:09pm
  4. His generation is more accepting of this.

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:18pm
  5. And Mass is a very liberal state. They were the first to legalize same-sex marriage.

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:18pm
  6. I am so Happy more people are coming out

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:28pm
  7. Coming out in the face of a largely homohobic society is an amazing feat. Straight people dont have to “come out” and possibly be slandered. Good for you. Thanks for being brave.

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 9:10pm
  8. Bravo to Sean and bravo to his teammates!

    Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 10:35pm
  9. Awesome

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 3:51am
  10. yay! more strides taken, progress made…I’m happy for the fella.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:19am