September 5, 2015

ESPN Commentator Israel Gutierrez Has Come Out Gay with Immediate Plans for Marriage



                                                                     
Israel Gutierrez (right) and his partner, David.

ESPN commentator and columnist Israel Gutierrez has come out publicly as gay in a powerful blog post in which he discusses the powerful self-hatred he felt as a closeted gay man until he met the love of his life, David.

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.

You can read his full blog post here. It's a must-read, in addition to the absolutely adorable Batman and Robin T-shirts he's sporting with his partner.

What prompted Gutierrez to take the leap is his impending marriage to his partner on Sept. 12. For those who knew of Gutierrez's engagement, it's been a curiosity to see how he would handle it. Seeing him come out publicly as gay is a great move as it will free him and his soon-to-be husband from looking over their shoulders in public.

Congratulations and thank you, Izzy Gutierrez! Another powerful voice in the chorus.



ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez has come out as gay and he also revealed that he is getting married next weekend!
“I’ve been agonizing for months trying to figure out how to do this,” the 38-year-old Around the Horn commentator wrote on his personal blog. “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,” Israel added.
“But this isn’t me ‘coming out.’ The truth is, I’ve been out to friends and family for more than six years,” he continued. “The reason I’m tackling this now is, primarily, because I’m getting married on September 12. And besides the fact that it would be annoying to tell my story every time someone sees my wedding ring, it just seemed like a natural time to get this out in the open.”
Israel went on to talk about his self-hatred over being gay and how he finally was able to accept his true self after meeting his now fiancé, David Kitchen.
   justjared.com

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