Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Israel Gutierrez Comes Out

Israel Gutierrez is an NBA columnist for ESPN.com and a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and The Sports Reporters. 

He is also, as of last week, an openly gay man, after coming out in a post on his blog here: Hello World
“I've been agonizing for months trying to figure out how to do this. It's been incredibly difficult, to the point where I usually talk myself in circles and end up making very little sense. So I decided on this simple blog entry. No formalities, no restrictions, just me letting you into a portion of my life I've kept largely separate from my professional career. I'm gay, which plenty of people, I'm sure, have either deduced or just guessed as much over the years."
Gutierrez has been out to friends and family for six years, so this Coming Out isn’t for them, but for the people who might notice that, after September 12th, he’s wearing a wedding ring, and he doesn’t want to have to tell the story again and again.

He’s gay and he’s engaged and he’ll be married this weekend. And he’s come a long way from the Izzy he was as a kid; that kid, from his early teens until his late 20s, would blow out his birthday candles and make the same wish: "Please don't let me be gay."
"Every time I prayed, I made sure to ask God to help me through this. To help reveal my true self."
Finally, in 2010, he got his wish, though not the “please don’t make me gay’ one, when Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out.
"As far back as I can remember, I've always enjoyed sports, enjoyed competition. But there was always, especially in my teenage years, a confidence barrier I could never break through. I couldn't really explain it then. I mean, I probably knew deep down that it was because I was gay, and for some reason that made me feel I wasn't on the same playing field, almost literally, as straight men. But I was already in deep denial about my sexuality, so acknowledging that would've probably broken me back then."
So, now you know. Israel Gutierrez is gay, and he’s engaged to be married to David Kitchen this Saturday.
"Not only was there, possibly, someone out there for me, but I had been making life so unnecessarily difficult on myself. I was so concerned about fitting what other people thought I should be, I was literally wasting an entire segment of my life. In a sense, all the prayer worked because I eventually saw my true self, and I've never been happier. I'm confident that now that this is out in the open, I can deliver an even better version of my professional self. Happiness tends to bring out the best in a person. And I'm so happy right now."
Welcome out, Izzy, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. And what better gifts can a newlywed couple receive than the Official coming Out Toaster Oven and a copy of The Gay Agenda.

Welcome out and congratulations on your happiness. Who doesn’t deserve that?


the dogs' mother said...


Mitchell is Moving said...

Good for him! But, do people even use toaster ovens anymore? It may be time for something more... well... 21st century.

anne marie in philly said...

cute couple!

@Mitchell - I use my toaster/convection oven all the time; doesn't heat up the kitchen like a large oven. I bake cakes in it, cook meals, toast bagels (too wide for my small toaster), reheat pizza slices. better than a microwave 95% of the time for me!

Bob Slatten said...

It's a Symbolic Toaster Oven™, though maybe we could update to Symbolic Convection Toaster Oven™???

Mitchell is Moving said...

Oh, crap, Bob! A "symbolic" toaster oven. I'll be that comes with an entirely different set of instructions! Electric was difficult enough! And I doubt I would even like symbolic toast... even if I could find an easy recipe.