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Arizona State's Chip Sarafin comes out as gay, first active college player to do so

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Edward 'Chip' Sarafin has become the first active college player to openly admit he is gay after an interview with 'Compete Magazine'.

The Arizona State offensive lineman acknowledged his sexuality in an interview with Joshua Wyrick of Compete Magazine, a publication designed to highlight the exploits of gay athletes.

Chip Sarafin is a fifth year senior offensive lineman at Arizona State and has spent most of his career as part of the scout team at the University, he becomes the first openly gay football player in the FBS.

Compete Magazine Interview

Sarafin who came out to teammates in the Spring spoke to Wyrick in the interview saying: "It was really personal to me, and benefitted my peace of mind greatly,"

Sarafin concentrated on the acceptance issue with his statement, commenting to Wyrick: ""It's so important that we teach them this acceptance when they are young so when they actually experience and meet these different kind of people in real life—and they will—they are adequately prepared,"

Acceptance

Todd Graham is the head coach of the Arizona State football team, having two seasons under his belt at the University, he has had time to build a relationship with Sarafin and is in full support of his decision.

Graham responded to Sarafin's announcement and through the Pac-12 Networks official Twitter account, was able to proclaim: "Diversity and acceptance are two pillars of our program, Todd Graham says about Chip Sarafin."

In the News

Announcements and acceptance of homosexuality have been quite prominent in the news recently.

Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player whilst with the Brooklyn Nets, he aimed to break the initial barrier towards acceptance of non traditional sexual orientations in sport.

This was followed by draft prospect and now St.Louis Rams defensive end Michael Smith becoming the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Michael Sam was one of the first people to acknowledge the courage and bravery inspired by Sarafin and tweeted the young offensive lineman his support, Sam said: "Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014"

The news of Sarafin's important act will surely spread, the player and the University are expected to release a joint statement soon.

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