Thursday Morning Man: Arman Bashiri!
Today’s Morning Man was featured this week on the website Outsports and I was very impressed with his story.
This handsome young man is a soccer player at Bloomfield College in New Jersey named Arman Bashiri. He is of Persian descent, was raised in Norway, and is openly gay.
He began college at Anderson University in South Carolina, a Baptist college, and came out quickly to his fellow athletes. He writes: My teammates’ positive and supportive reaction to me being gay eliminated any nervousness about attending a conservative and religious school. They put aside any negative beliefs about being gay based on their religion and treated me as part of our soccer family. It made my time there enjoyable and I still count my teammates there as friends.
He decided to transfer schools for reasons unrelated to his being gay and started his junior year at Bloomfield College. Again he came out to his teammates.
‘Whenever people ask me how it’s like to be gay on a soccer team, or how my teammates reacted to it, I always tell them that it is what you make of it. Even at times when I was a little uncomfortable telling people I was gay, I would dive in and try to make my coming out as casual as possible so people could see that it wasn’t a big deal.
‘Once you jump over that hurdle of coming out, things will start to look up.’