Former Kentucky punter Landon Foster is in the headlines today after coming out in a powerful essay for OutSports.com. Foster writes that he was afraid to reveal his sexuality at Kentucky because he didn’t know how he would be accepted and didn’t want to be a distraction to his team. Now, he’s coming out publicly in hopes it helps others facing a similar struggle.
I am sure I will receive some backlash for writing this, but if there is one person it helps, then it will be worth it. I have been through hell, especially during my college years, trying to come to grips with who I am while also representing my university and football team. I was representing these institutions in a state that garnered national attention for anti-LGBT sentiment just days after I had come out to my parents, weeks before my senior season, and ultimately leading to my departure from the sport that I always envisioned as being a part of my life.
I can only sympathize with those who have less support than I have received. I hope my story and vulnerability can be of use to those who are looking anywhere and everywhere for a sign that they’re not alone. You are not alone.
I very much encourage you to read Landon’s essay. It takes incredible bravery to share something like this, especially when you’ve lived in fear of the reaction for so long. I’m so happy he’s finally at peace with himself and even prouder he’s a Kentucky Wildcat.