High School Removes Gay Basketball Player From Yearbook

basketball player yearbook gayA high school basketball star who'd recently come out as gay may have paid dearly for his honesty when he opened his high school yearbook and discovered he wasn't in it.

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Dalton Maldonado, a senior at Betsy Layne High School and the basketball team's starting point guard, had come out publicly as gay a few months earlier. This led to him being harassed by players on opposing school teams, but he never imagined that the harassment would also happen closer to home.

"I recently saw my senior yearbook, I flipped right to the sports basketball page only to find my senior basketball picture missing ... which devastated me," he wrote on his Facebook page.

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So far, the school hasn't explained whether this omission was a mistake or not -- but given Maldonado has experienced other disparaging comments at school since coming out, it sounds to me like there's some deep-seated homophobia going on here!

Poor kid: A yearbook is such an important memento of your high school years, it's a shame he got left out due to his sexual orientation. As the school basketball team's starting point guard no less, he's contributed so much! So, to not have his accomplishments recognized must be such a slap in the face.

On the bright side, this incident has rallied support from the LGBT community. It's just a shame that they can't root him on at his own school, too.

I just hope his classmates wake up and come to realize that this kid deserves props for his guts -- on the basketball court and in real life. Coming out takes courage. I, for one, am cheering him on.

 

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