05 Dec Gay football player helping a bullied teen come out shows power of visibility
As an openly gay athlete, Jake Bain received a scholarship and spot on the Indiana State University football team.
He used his newly found influence to help a bullied teen come out of the closet…
In April, Bain received a message from a closeted Irish teenager who described the relentless bullying he experienced at his Catholic all-boys school. “I just admire your bravery and I need someone to guide me on what to do,” the boy wrote.
Jake offered some advice and months later, he received a new message: “Jake, one week ago I came out to my family,” wrote the boy, who explained that he had shared Jake’s story with his religious parents, which ultimately helped them accept him for who he is.
Moral of the story..
When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.