Moncton track star publishes article revealing he is gay
Alexandre Coholan wants to be a positive role model to others struggling with their sexuality
The co-captain of the track team at the University of Moncton, Alexandre Coholan, recently wrote an online article revealing his homosexuality publicly.
On the website outsports.com he writes, "Despite being able to have a bit of fun with my coming out, my acceptance of my sexual orientation wasn’t always easy."
To be able to read and hear someone else's story, just to know, 'Hey you're not alone and people have done this and people get through it.'- Alexandre Coholan
Coholan says growing up he felt isolated and lonely and tried to ignore the fact that he was gay.
"To not have any role models is a pretty scary thing because you're just going into an abyss, you're just going into the unknown and you don't know how everything is going to turn out or what your life is going to become."
He did eventually come out to his close friends and family, but Coholan says he made a decision to go public with his homosexuality because he wanted to be that positive role model that he didn't have.
"And hopefully it would help someone who is struggling with their sexuality or help someone to accept someone else's sexuality," Coholan said.
"To be able to read and hear someone else's story, just to know, 'Hey you're not alone and people have done this and people get through it.'"
As a student athlete, Coholan says he also wanted to break down stereotypes that sports are only for people who are "macho."
Coholan says the more high profile athletes that come out the better.
"We are bringing down those barriers and saying that you can still be gay, but still be good at sports and you can still be manly, or you can still be yourself really...it's not necessarily two different worlds."
Coholan says his teammates on the University of Moncton track and field team have been supportive.
"They say they've got my back if anyone ever talks smack about me they'll be there to support me and defend me and it doesn't change a thing."