Chandler Whitney, a baseball player at Walla Walla Community College in Eastern Washington returned to school after his break, and at the team's first practice, Chandler decided to tell his teammates how he spent his vacation ... which was with his boyfriend, the newly out Conner Mertens of Willamette University [see Connor's coming out HERE].
At that first practice, Chandler stood up in front of the team, said he had contemplated whether to tell them a secret or not, and shared a "confession" he'd been holding back from them since they first met:
"I'm gay."The team broke into spontaneous applause. It took Whitney off-guard:
"Being where I am in eastern Washington, it's not the response I expected. I'm in Walla Walla, there's not a lot of open-mindedness on the surface."But there is now, it seems, so Welcome Out Chandler, and please accept on our behalf, a copy of The Gay Agenda and, yes, the Obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven.
And congratulations on the boyfriend. You make an adorable couple.