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ESPN Revisits Story of NYC Councilman Corey Johnson, Who Came Out to His Football Team at 17: VIDEO

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Over the weekend, ESPN's Outside the Lines revisited the story of Corey Johnson. Some of you may recognize him from his one-time position here at Towleroad working on political interviews and other stories (he even interviewed Lady Gaga at the National Equality March). Others may know him as your NYC City Councilman. To some, this might be the first you're hearing of him.

In any case, Corey was the captain of his football team in high school 15 years ago in a town outside of Boston, and he did something which no one in the U.S. had done up to that point. He came out of the closet to his team, making national headlines by doing so.

Watch ESPN's segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. was it REALLY 15 years ago. the time has flown. and i guess it must have been, because that was pre twitter, so he never got his twitter accolades.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 28, 2014 8:49:39 AM


  2. And I'm just as inspired by the story today as I was 15 years ago!

    Talk about courage and class. Corey inspired countless people, gay and straight.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 28, 2014 8:59:02 AM


  3. What an inspiring story. Thank you, Corey Johnson.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 28, 2014 9:31:13 AM


  4. Great Story! Thanks Corey!

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 28, 2014 9:38:25 AM


  5. Corey Johnson--did you ever know that you're my hero?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Apr 28, 2014 10:01:02 AM


  6. Glad I watched that.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 28, 2014 2:31:42 PM


  7. I don't know Corey but I do know his former coach, Andy Bigelow and Andy's husband. They are a wonderful couple and two of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet! So glad to know Andy was able to help Corey become the exceptional person he is today!

    Posted by: Ron | Apr 28, 2014 3:40:19 PM


  8. Beautiful. Thank you for your bravery. You helped save the life of so many gay youth!

    Posted by: Spacedial | Apr 28, 2014 7:47:03 PM


  9. Great story but saying he was the first High School athlete to come out to his team was a total lie.

    Posted by: Billy | Apr 28, 2014 7:47:16 PM


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