It was an end of the year assembly to honor the athletes at Jack Dempsey High School. The Stogton Village, New York school was just about to wrap up its ceremonies when Senior Terry Freely took the stage to accept his team spirit award.
Terry was a member of the football, basketball, baseball and croquet team. The thing that made him special was that he never played a down, appeared on the court, played an inning or smacked a ball.
What Terry had was a never say die, rah rah attitude. An attitude that made many believe he could of been a great cheerleader.
Everyone was indeed shocked when Terry took the mic and proudly announced, "My name is Terry Freely. And I'm straight."
The crowd was stunned. As the crowd exited the assembly people went out of their way to avoid Terry. Low whispers of liar and I don't even know who you are could be heard.
The next day Terry talked about coming out of the shadows. "I've always known I was straight. I love sports but was not really good. I kept myself well dressed and neat because I thought I could impress the girls, but they always seemed to try to get me to meet their boy cousin. I cheer on my team because it is "MY TEAM".
It took a lot of courage for Terry to come out, especially with it being fashionable to be gay. When asked if he could see himself being gay in the future Terry replied, "Dude! I LIKE CHICKS!"
So you say Terry...so you say.