Collin Martin Came Out to Cary Umhau First


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In 2018, Collin Martin came out as gay. At the time, he was the only ‘out’ man in any of the big five American sport leagues or any top division professional men’s national soccer leagues.

Today, Collin is a professional soccer player as a midfielder for San Diego Loyal in the United Soccer League (USL) championship.

Also, Collin has played for D.C. United and Minnesota United FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) and for Richmond Kickers and Hartford Athletic in the USL.

Collin shares how Cary Umhau, a speaker, writer, and consultant, was influential in his coming out process.

Topics Discussed:

  • Faith Forms Identity: Gay or not, God completely loves you
  • Every Sunday, Different Church: Growing, learning, and realizing you’re gay
  • Inner Struggle: What to do with knowledge in an unwelcoming environment?
  • Boiling Point: Separating faith from sexuality until telling family and friends
  • Mentor/Mom’s Best Friend: Why Collin was comfortable coming out to Cary
  • Taco Time: Say what you have to say about being gay
  • People: Give those who love and support you a chance, despite the risk
  • Teammates: Promise to protest when something is wrong, not right

Links and Resources:

Collin Martin on Instagram Cary Umhau San Diego Loyal D.C. United Minnesota United FC Major League Soccer (MLS) Richmond Kickers Hartford Athletic United Soccer League (USL) Burning Down the Fireproof Hotel by Cary Umhau Breadcoin Organization Q Christian Fellowship Virtual Conference Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

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