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Morton athletes show acceptance

Jazlin Sanchez, reporter

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Varsity pommie Eric Valdez

Many students at Morton East have shown their level of acceptance and understanding to other students’ sexuality.

In a survey conducted at Morton East High School out of 100 students, 89% stated that they know gay athletes. Northwestern soccer player Robbie White came out as gay to all of his teammates and everyone else. However, he had carried this weight on his shoulder and felt that he would be rejected by people, especially as an athlete. After coming out, his teammates applauded and gave their unanimous support. LGBT advocates have pointed out that sports teams, especially male sports have become more accepting.

“It probably would have been (difficult coming out in an all male team) since boys are very immature. But from the guy friends that I do have, no one really cares about my sexuality,” senior pommie Eric Valdez said.

Senior basketball player Priscilla Pina believes it is still difficult for athletes to come out as gay.

“(It can be challenging) because of the way society is now and how they’ve been brought up in the sport (to be straight),” Pina said.

Senior soccer player Jose Garcia thinks differently about the subject.

“I don’t personally know a lot of gay athletes but from the ones I know, they are pretty confident with themselves; most of them are proud to be who they are,” Garcia said.

When asked if he would treat his teammate differently who came out, junior volleyball player William Ramos disagreed.

“If someone came out on my team I would accept them and treat them equally as everyone else, and I would not change the attitude I had before I knew they were gay,” Ramos said.

Sophomore Fernando Caltzontzin agrees with Ramos in showing acceptance.

“I honestly wouldn’t treat them any different as long as the people I love around me are happy; I’m happy for them whether it’s inside of school or outside of school,” Caltzontzin said.

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26 Comments

26 Responses to “Morton athletes show acceptance”

  1. Jezel on December 25th, 2017 12:34 pm

    Great article👍👍👍

  2. Carlos Alvarado on December 25th, 2017 12:45 pm

    I want to be you when I grow up❤️

  3. Israel Vergara on December 25th, 2017 12:51 pm

    This is a great topic overall since it can to touch onto any sport and also any school. I definitely agree with treating everyone equal since we are all humans. Treat those the way you want to be treated! It’s simple! It’s great to see such confidence from an individual to make an environment realize that there isn’t just woman in the sport of Poms since that is just being stereotypical. In my opinion, I believe it is less stressful in this generation to adjust to any program or group based on your sexuality. Once again, awesome report Jazlin!

  4. Corina Salas on December 25th, 2017 12:58 pm

    Great Article!

  5. Bryan on December 25th, 2017 1:42 pm

    Yay for equality! Good read! :-)).

  6. Luz Rangel on December 25th, 2017 1:52 pm

    I completely agree that Morton is accepting and understanding of the students’ sexuality. It makes me happy to say that we go to a school that you don’t have to worry about people not accepting you for your sexuality.

  7. Eric on December 25th, 2017 2:04 pm

    love it!!

  8. Giselle Padilla on December 25th, 2017 2:11 pm

    Love it !! ♥️

  9. Priscilla Pina on December 25th, 2017 3:09 pm

    This article is great and something many people should take the time to read

  10. Gloria Cortez on December 25th, 2017 10:00 pm

    Great article! Way to go Jaz!

  11. Amy on December 25th, 2017 10:03 pm

    Very nice article!!!

  12. Celeste on December 25th, 2017 10:06 pm

    In today’s society, where these issues are very prominent, it’s great to see a community of high schoolers become accepting of their peers and everyone around them. Great topic!

  13. Linda on December 25th, 2017 10:07 pm

    I love the article. This is something that many kids are going through now a days and to see that their fellow classmates and teammates are willing to accept them is great. We are all one

  14. Glorimar on December 25th, 2017 10:17 pm

    It’s great to hear that Morton students are accepting of other students sexuality. This makes a student focus more on their education and not worry about getting bullied. Great article.🏳️‍🌈

  15. Oscar miranda on December 25th, 2017 10:18 pm

    Great article!!

  16. Kat on December 26th, 2017 11:16 am

    Great Article. Not many people would’ve picked this topic, and I’m glad you did!

  17. tatiana cazares on December 28th, 2017 2:25 pm

    this article was very enlightening!! great job!

  18. Vivianna on December 28th, 2017 2:28 pm

    So inspiring! Hopefully this article will even help others struggling to come out to feel more confidence and reassurance, great read.

  19. Vivianna on December 28th, 2017 2:34 pm

    So inspiring! Hopefully this well written article encourages those feeling insecure and reluctant to come out to their team mates. We now have a more accepting environment, great read!

  20. Charlie on December 31st, 2017 5:24 pm

    Inspiring article!

  21. Dylan on December 31st, 2017 5:56 pm

    Very beautiful article!

  22. Jehova on January 8th, 2018 8:43 am

    Needs improvement but great job, I enjoyed reading this article!

  23. Zari on January 8th, 2018 12:21 pm

    very inspiring touched my heart

  24. Matt Dugan on January 8th, 2018 12:24 pm

    Great article with insight into Morton’s culture of acceptance

  25. Jonathan on January 9th, 2018 7:43 am

    Wow! Great to see how much society has changed and learned to be accepting of others sexuality.

  26. Juancarlos on February 6th, 2018 12:04 pm

    Good article.

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