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Boston Sports Columnist Steve Buckley: 'I'm Gay'

Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley says he regrets not doing this while his mother was alive. It's important not to live with regrets. I hope he lets it go.

Buckley I’ve put this off long enough. I haven’t been fair to my family, my friends or my co-workers. And I certainly haven’t been fair to myself: For too many years I’ve been on the sidelines of Boston’s gay community but not in the game — figuratively and literally, as I feel I would have had a pretty good career in the (gay) Beantown Softball League.

Over the past couple of months I have discussed the coming-out process with my family and a few friends, and have had sit-downs with Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca and sports editor Hank Hryniewicz, as well as with WEEI’s Glenn Ordway. They’ve been great, as have my friends and family.

But during this same period, I have read sobering stories about people who came undone, killing themselves after being outed. These tragic events helped guide me to the belief that if more people are able to be honest about who they are, ultimately fewer people will feel such devastating pressure.

It’s my hope that from now on I’ll be more involved. I’m not really sure what I mean by being “involved,” but this is a start: I’m gay.

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  1. Good on him, and on you, Andy, for the important point you make about not living with regrets.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 6, 2011 7:58:16 AM

  2. AAAAAAwwwww what a cute story.

    Posted by: Roberto | Jan 6, 2011 8:36:15 AM

  3. Hoorah!!!!!

    Posted by: Alan Arthur Chiras | Jan 6, 2011 8:53:41 AM

  4. Most people are great when you tell them the truth. They hate to be lied to.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 6, 2011 9:53:01 AM

  5. Good job! Welcome aboard.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jan 6, 2011 10:32:38 AM

  6. Congrats!! :)

    Its never too late, at any age.

    Posted by: Damen | Jan 6, 2011 10:37:40 AM

  7. It can only get better!!!

    Posted by: TomR | Jan 6, 2011 10:40:50 AM

  8. Fantastic!

    Posted by: jmatts | Jan 6, 2011 10:46:09 AM

  9. That's freakin awesome

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 6, 2011 11:11:41 AM

  10. Elequently and truthfully stated.Congrats to Steve Buckley for his integrity and honesty!

    Posted by: Frederick | Jan 6, 2011 11:31:53 AM

  11. The truth is where God is. Welcome home. Now get busy!

    Posted by: Imarko | Jan 6, 2011 12:17:46 PM

  12. Maybe Steve can communicate with fellow popular Herald columnist Howie Carr about his anti-gay snarks, especially on his equally popular afternoon drive-time radio show. Of course you're never going change the mind of someone with that kind of ingrained mentality, but it wouldn't hurt.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 6, 2011 12:46:53 PM

  13. News item from the Boston Press:

    Boston-area professional sports teams have banned sports columnist Steve Buckley from their locker rooms.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 6, 2011 1:03:16 PM

  14. Actually, Jamal49, local athletes have already come around to give their support to Buckley, including members of the Red Sox (baseball is his main beat). And he works on the local sports station here and their coverage practically all day has been about him and everyone showing their support of his decision to come out. He's pretty well-respected in Boston, so this could be a tremendous step for understanding from a lot of folks who otherwise would be closed-minded.

    Posted by: Cyn | Jan 6, 2011 3:28:39 PM

  15. Alas, my long time "crush" goes unfulfilled.
    Good for you, Steve. Welcome to your new life. You deserve it.

    Posted by: Lisa Green | Jan 6, 2011 4:24:42 PM

  16. Good for you Steve I applaud your courage and honesty. I wish you all the best and new found happiness!!

    Posted by: Ray | Jan 6, 2011 6:01:05 PM

  17. Too bad he is not better known outside of Boston.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 6, 2011 6:30:30 PM

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