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.


  1. ratbastard says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

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