Meet Division I Football’s Only Openly Gay Player

A Princeton student came out publicly so others would, too.

Image via YouTube

Love may have won this past June in Washington, but in college sports, openly gay players remain obscenely hard-to-find. So it must have taken an incredible amount of courage for Mason Darrow, an offensive lineman for Princeton, to meet with OutNews on Tuesday with a big reveal: he, in fact, is gay. This makes Darrow the only openly gay football player both at Princeton and in all of the league.

Image via YouTube

Darrow told OutSports that he came out because he wanted other students to know that you can be gay and play sports at the same time. “I want to show people you can be gay and play Division I football,” Darrow said. “If that’s going to help some sophomore in Arizona come out to his teammates and be comfortable in himself, that’s the reason I’m doing it.” Darrow further reported that coming out had gone smoothly, both at home and on the field. “People will surprise you,” he said. “I was definitely concerned that people, teammates, would react poorly. I think in this day and age people really just don’t care about it.”

Darrow might have had a positive homecoming, but for other players in the league, challenges remain. There are 128 schools in Division 1 football and thousands of players. Yet only one of them—in a day and age when “people don’t really just don’t care about it”—has felt safe and supported enough to come out. Darrow’s big disclosure can hopefully make an even bigger change.

(Via: Outsports)


Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

Keep Reading Show less

One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.

It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

Keep Reading Show less
via Sportstreambest / Flickr

Since the mid '90s the phrase "God Forgives, Brothers Don't" has been part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's football team's lexicon.

Over the past few years, the team has taken the field flying a black skull-and-crossbones flag with an acronym for the phrase, "GFBD" on the skull's upper lip. Supporters of the team also use it on social media as #GFBD.

Keep Reading Show less