Sean Warren was tired of hiding his true self. The gay junior football star at Pinnacle High in Phoenix felt the time was right to let people know about his sexuality in November, all with a photo that is made to be memed.
As reported by Out Sports in a tweet and Facebook message, Warren gave the world a top header of “Deal With It” with the following message: “Sorry Girls, I’m Gay.”
Warren’s tweet was the perfect blend of irreverent and just fun, a retro look that came, albeit a fun one.
Perhaps that blend was responsible for the open, welcome embrace that awaited Warren after his announcement. While a few of the defensive lineman’s teammates questioned whether his tweet was a joke, as soon as he confirmed he was serious they supported him.
And together, as a suddenly open gay teen, football became even more important, if anything, because of the roots that it helped Warren put down.
“I don’t know what I would be like if I did not play football or have him as a coach because he’s a real mentor for my life,” Warren said. “He teaches us that character matters.
“I really respect him and I’m glad he’s my coach.”