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I think it is totally appropriate that I came across this story while I was down in Alabama visiting my mom. It’s about Joey Fisher, the goalie for the University of Georgia who came out to his team this past summer. The opening of the story says it all for me: “Depending on whom you ask, it’s debatable whether it should be harder to come out at the University of Georgia or on a hockey team. Joey Fisher did both.”

I can’t imagine coming out at a Southern school. I know people do it, but I can’t imagine making the choice myself when I was in college from 1986-91. I was in full-time denial at that point and I’m sure some of the conservative nature of the South.

Happily Joey’s story ends with his team accepting him, and Joey hoping to get a gay hockey association going in Gerogia again too! You can read the whole story at