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Thursday, February 19, 2015


When a young football player was in high school, and he heard nothing but 'fag' everyday, there was three words that got him through his day: It Gets Better.

Meet Dalton Leo, a Wisconsin-born college student who has become an inspiration to every kid who loves sports and is proud of who he is.

Writing for OutSports, he said: 'I felt like something was wrong with me [in high school], and worst of all I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror because I was so ashamed of who I was.

'You know that saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"? I couldn't disagree more.

'There were some days I'd rather get hit with a two-by-four than hear the crude comments some people made. These words weren't just something I heard in the halls, they were all too common words in the locker room as well.

'One saying that has guided me through all of this: "It Gets Better."'

Leo said he pushed himself hard, almost too hard, to 'compensate' for being gay. It got too much, until he finally told his best friend Aubrey.

'I love you for you, this doesn't change a thing,' she told him, and it inspired him to tell his teammates who were just as supportive.
'Dalton I'm so happy you told me,' a linebacker told him. 'Nothing changes anything dude. How long have you known?'

On his 18th birthday, he told his parents. '"Is that all?" My mom said,' Leo wrote. 'She stood up gave me a hug, and that was the end of it. I was their son and nothing was going to change that, my parents love me still to this day unconditionally.'

When he went to college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he went back in the closet as he was nervous about meeting so many people.

'For the first couple weeks of college, it was rough again. I felt as though I left a huge part of me behind,' he said. Leo then made a Facebook post on National Coming Out Day speaking out about his sexuality.

'The support I've gotten from my family, friends, peers, teachers, teammates and couches has been unbelievable,' he said.  'It got better.'

Watch his story below:


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