A former United States National Team soccer player came out as gay on his blog, becoming the first American player to announce his sexuality publicly.
“Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay,” he wrote on his blog.
“Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.”
In the post, Rogers said he was taking a break from the game after being released by Leeds United in January and had been playing on loan at Stevenage Borough FC.
Rogers goes on to write:
Things are never what they seem… My whole life I have felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family. In today’s society, being different makes you brave. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith in your purpose.
For the past 25 years, I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgement and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret. Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams…
Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.