Robbie Rogers receives outpouring of support over coming out gay

Sun. February 17, 2013 11:49 AM by

Former U.S. Men's National Soccer Team member Robbie Rogers says he's been surprised by the outpouring of support he's received over coming out gay.

The 25-year-old Rogers came out in a Friday blog post titled The Next Chapter...

"For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment 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."

"Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret."

Rogers also announced he was stepping away from the game.

"Welcome to the family," tweeted Lori Lindsey, an openly gay member of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

Sacha Kljestan, a member of the U.S. Men's National Team, added: "100 percent love and support for one of my best friends Robbie Rogers. You will be missed on the pitch. Amazing talent, amazing person."

"Thank you everyone for all the support and love," Rogers messaged back. "Wasn't expecting this."

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