the Civil War and the Battle of Vicks-
burg. I really enjoyed my studies and
I’m glad I did something I cared about.
I’d like to travel, to interact with people.
Have you gotten any outside work—
No endorsements. But a lot of opportunities have come my way. In November,
the night before I left Minnesota to come
home, I had a big party for a magazine called Essential Homme. Sponsors
included Baccarat glassware and John
Varvatos clothing. ;ey were telling me
I might potentially be doing some modeling stu;. So that and advocacy work.
I spoke at the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC) dinner in Minneapolis. I have
another magazine shoot coming up.
Do you enjoy public speaking?
I’ve already done speaking engagements
with Athlete Ally [a nonprofit organiza-
tion whose mission is to make sports
more inclusive]. My first speech was
in Los Angeles with USC and UCLA
students, hosted by ESPN. We did a
panel and I was asked questions—I was
extremely nervous. When we broke down
into smaller groups, I was more relaxed.
When the students were told that I was
the only male athlete out in the five major
sports, they were amazed. It was cool to
see their reaction. So there’s definitely
a space for [speaking]. But it’s very difficult to do during the season. I’ve gotten
pretty comfortable. ;e HRC speech was
hard, but the gay crowd is pretty forgiving
[laughs]. When you talk about your life,
you’re not making any big proclamations.
But there’s a learning process. I hosted a
fundraiser for our governor [Minnesota’s
newly elected Tim Walz]—I’ve gotten
involved a bit in local politics.
It sounds like you’ve had a good reac-
tion to your announcement.
;ere’s been almost nothing negative;
I’ve had a lot of support from the people
I care about. You hope to make an
impact. I’m pretty confident in myself.
I like being a trendsetter, putting myself
out there and maybe doing something
that others wouldn’t do.
How is it being home?
Oh, it’s great. I have tons of friends from
B-CC. We have our five-year reunion
coming up, and I’m excited to see a lot of
people I haven’t seen in a while. I’m very
fortunate to have lots of people I can talk
to. And I’m going to Europe with some
high school friends. But before that, I’m
going by myself to Amsterdam, just to go
to the Van Gogh Museum. I’m obsessed
with Van Gogh! ■
Steve Goldstein is a freelance writer and
editor and the former bureau chief in
Moscow and in Washington, D.C., for
;e Philadelphia Inquirer. ;e Bethesda
Interview is edited for length and clarity.
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