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Gay Footballer Robbie Rogers Writes Letter About Future Happiness to His 14-Year-Old Self: VIDEO

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Out gay LA Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers wrote a letter to his 14-year-old self for a special 'Kids in Sports' edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Writes Rogers:

You're walking around with a cramp in your stomach. You feel trapped within yourself. The pressure of being a high school freshman and playing for the U16 national team is stressful enough. But on top of that you're worried that you're different from everyone, especially your teammates. And you think that if they figure out who you are, you won't be able to play the sport you love, or your family won't agree with it. Sometimes you pray and think: I don't wanna live through this. Why can't I be like my brothers and sisters?

I'm not going to tell you to come out at 14 years old. I'm not going to tell you what's going to happen in the future either, because the journey is important. But I want you to realize that God made you this way for a reason. You're not damned or going to hell. You didn't have a choice in this. But you do have a purpose in life, just as everyone does.

When guys say things in the locker room, remind yourself that most of them don't actually feel this way. They aren't really homophobic. These are people who are trying to please others, or think that's what they're supposed to say. Everyone is dealing with something whether they're gay or straight. You don't have to feel like you're alone. Which brings me to this: If there's any great advice I can give you, it's to find someone you can speak to about what you're feeling inside, someone you can trust who won't judge or expose you. Because you can't walk around with a burden like the one you're carrying. You've got to share this with somebody.

I know I said I wouldn't tell you what your future holds, but I will tell you that everything's going to be fine -- one day you'll be happier than you ever thought possible. And while you can't envision sharing your secret now, the world is changing. People are becoming more accepting. And when the time is right, the day might come when you're ready to face the world as the beautiful person you truly are.

See the actual letter HERE.

In other news, Rogers talks about the importance of properly caring for and loving your dog in a new video for PETA.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. There are several letters to 14 year old selves in the ESPN story. Robbie's is the only one about being gay but if you look a bit further you'll find an interview with Donte Stallworth about accepting his bigotry against gays and growing from it. Part of a larger interview with several players and administrators about gays in the NFL. I tried to link it to TR yesterday but something was amiss.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 1, 2013 1:49:10 PM


  2. Robbie seems like a really nice person, he seems to have a real caring heart. It is great to have him as part of our community. Thanks Robbie

    Posted by: bructer | Jul 1, 2013 2:01:39 PM


  3. POWERFUL & EMPOWERING!

    Posted by: Joseph | Jul 1, 2013 2:05:16 PM


  4. LOVE.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 1, 2013 2:55:57 PM


  5. Even at 64 I can look upon this fine man as a role model. Being gay is a gift. The Native Americans know this and have for centuries. Robbie exemplifies it.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Jul 1, 2013 2:58:25 PM


  6. The Living Room Mysteries by Graham Jackson (amazon.com)

    The Blue Man/Masculine Gay Man

    Self-medication is typical of blue men. Anesthetics are used to deaden the ”emotional pain” of living, in the examples of cigarettes and sleeping pills.

    Many of the blue men communicate an experience of being cut off form some deep emotional wellspring. Disconnection is a common occurring theme in the dreams of blue men.

    In a dream example, a blue man finds himself in a room with a large black woman to who he associated a loving nanny figure from his infancy.

    She is sad, weeping and it seems that only the blue man can offer her comfort. The nanny figure moves to him, but his distant mother sharply intervenes and takes the role of consoler.

    The blue man and the black woman feel an acute frustration, even loss.

    Blue men grow up underfed, even starved for an experience of wholeness. The end up becoming frightened of feelings, affectedness, absolution, and affinity.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jul 1, 2013 3:18:35 PM


  7. The Living Room Mysteries by Graham Jackson (amazon.com)

    The Blue Man/Masculine Gay Man

    Self-medication is typical of blue men. Anesthetics are used to deaden the ”emotional pain” of living, in the examples of cigarettes and sleeping pills.

    Many of the blue men communicate an experience of being cut off form some deep emotional wellspring. Disconnection is a common occurring theme in the dreams of blue men.

    In a dream example, a blue man finds himself in a room with a large black woman to who he associated a loving nanny figure from his infancy.

    She is sad, weeping and it seems that only the blue man can offer her comfort. The nanny figure moves to him, but his distant mother sharply intervenes and takes the role of consoler.

    The blue man and the black woman feel an acute frustration, even loss.

    Blue men grow up underfed, even starved for an experience of wholeness. The end up becoming frightened of feelings, affectedness, absolution, and affinity.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jul 1, 2013 3:18:35 PM


  8. The Living Room Mysteries by Graham Jackson (amazon.com)

    The Blue Man/Masculine Gay Man

    Self-medication is typical of blue men. Anesthetics are used to deaden the ”emotional pain” of living, in the examples of cigarettes and sleeping pills.

    Many of the blue men communicate an experience of being cut off form some deep emotional wellspring. Disconnection is a common occurring theme in the dreams of blue men.

    In a dream example, a blue man finds himself in a room with a large black woman to who he associated a loving nanny figure from his infancy.

    She is sad, weeping and it seems that only the blue man can offer her comfort. The nanny figure moves to him, but his distant mother sharply intervenes and takes the role of consoler.

    The blue man and the black woman feel an acute frustration, even loss.

    Blue men grow up underfed, even starved for an experience of wholeness. The end up becoming frightened of feelings, affectedness, absolution, and affinity.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jul 1, 2013 3:18:35 PM


  9. Rogers has beauty inside and out.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 1, 2013 4:18:42 PM


  10. Kinda just wanna squeeze his face and give him an Eskimo kiss.

    Posted by: Martin Haro | Jul 1, 2013 7:02:41 PM


  11. What a beautiful man. This brings tears to my eyes.

    Posted by: fairi5fair | Jul 1, 2013 7:06:18 PM


  12. 10 Questions for Robbie Rogers game

    #6 Your favorite top ten. 5 Movies 5 Books (List more if you want to)

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 2, 2013 10:11:11 AM


  13. Love the guy. Go, Robbie!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jul 2, 2013 1:53:55 PM


  14. wish someone had told me that at 14

    Posted by: m | Jul 11, 2013 3:35:07 PM


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