Coming Out Stories: Dominick Gutierrez!

A young tennis player Dominick Gutierrez recently came out in his interview with Outsports – and his story is so heartwarming and breathtaking that we simply had to bring it to you!

I remember locking myself in the restroom at the age of 14 and crying. Cutting myself was my only escape because I felt like I had a secret that I did not understand. I struggled with insecurities because being gay made me feel insecure. I kept memories in silence. This led to creating the worst scenarios in my head before coming out. I did not know who to talk to, so I kept my secret for as long as I could.

 Coming out was a little different for me. I lived in Mexico for a big part of my life, and I moved back to the United States when I was 17. Before I moved back to the U.S., none of my friends from Mexico knew that I was gay.
“At the beginning of my sophomore year of college, new tennis players came in and we had a meeting with our new coach. Again, I was a little nervous about them knowing that I am gay. What I did not know was that one of my new teammates saw my posts on Instagram and had already figured it out. It was no big deal.

Some of the guys were surprised because I did not “act gay.” Overall, they are supportive, and my teammates even want to approve guys before I date them. As it stands now, they make me feel comfortable about my identity and relationships. When I was on the phone with my ex-boyfriend, they would randomly yell “hello” to him. They welcomed him to all of our functions, and they normally asked me how we were doing as a couple.”

You can read the full interview here on Outsports.

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