“I am Marco Lehmann, 3×3 Basketball player and gay”
This week Swiss basketball player Marco Lehmann came out as gay in a beautiful and empowering interview. Determined not to live a double life, he made the leap to share his coming out publicly - not just for himself, he asserts, but for future generations in sport. Importantly, Lehmann discusses the toll keeping this part of his life hidden has taken on his mental health. The incongruence between his personal and professional life took a burden on his wellbeing when, as he puts it, "the happy gay man in a relationship turned into the emotionless pro athlete".
Being gay within the setting of professional team sports still carries a massive stigma, and there are very few role models to point to who are still in the game, out and proud. Lehmann refuses to build on this stigma, and is determined to break the taboo for the next generation of athletes who will face this same decision.
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