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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Wade Davis, former Titans and Redskins DB, discusses being gay in the NFL

Like the numerous gay athletes who came through the professional football ranks before him, Wade Davis never openly discussed his sexuality during his playing days. But now the former defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks is out in the open, and he’s determined to shed more light on the issue of gay men in the overtly-masculine world of American professional sports.

In an extensive inteview with Outsports.com, Davis revealed his sexuality in a public forum for the first time and discussed the challenges facing gay athletes. He also sat down to discuss his decision to go public with SB Nation’s Amy K. Nelson.

“Subconsciously I understood that being gay, the way I was raised, was wrong,” Davis told Nelson. “And there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me — and also that my football family would accept me, just because of the perception that being gay meant you’re less masculine.”

Through his work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and nonconformist youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Davis found his voice as an advocate for the gay community. Now he is speaking on behalf of President Obama during his re-election campaign.

“How many people get to live out their two dreams?” Davis pondered during his interview with outsports.com. “I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world.”

(H/T Shutdown Corner)

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