Get to know Derrick Gordon; The First Openly Gay Athlete in the NCAA Tournament

Derrick Gordon is a 5th year transfer from the University of Massachusetts and will be suiting up for the Seton Hall Pirates this coming weekend as the NCAA tournament kicks off all around the country.

Gordon helped the Pirates earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by contributing 10 points in the conference championship game against Villanova.  Gordon averages 7.9points and 3.3 rebounds but it is his courage that sets him a part from any other athlete in collegiate athletics today.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette
Dec 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Derrick Gordon (32) during the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Seton Hall won 83-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In April of 2014 Gordon revealed to the world that he was comfortable with being open about his sexuality, and he welcomed the added pressure that comes along with being a first.  Overwhelming support followed and Gordon’s former coach at UMass credits Gordon with having “Saved lives”

The millennial generation as a whole has come a long way in the acceptance of those who are a part of the LGBT community, however, we still have quite a way to go to quell the horrific beatings and other hate crimes that often happen as a result of someones sexual orientation.

We believe that the continued support and education regarding different lifestyle choices is what will continue to bring us all closer as a people and Derrick Gordon is an example of the courage it takes on all of our parts to promote and practice a culture of acceptance towards perceived differences.