Two weeks ago, Michael Drougas decided to come out to his Salem High School on Twitter. The area in which he resides in conservative therefore he was nervous and anxious about the town's reaction. "I was anxious to see what people thought. I didn't think people would be mean to me, but I didn't know if people would be awkward about it," he told Outsports.
Last year as a junior, he won the Virginia AA state high school championship, beating his oppponent in the state finale, 7-5, 6-1. Now going into his senior year, he'll be fighting for back-to-back state titles. Drougas noted that his athletic success has helped him build the courage to post his coming on note on Twitter.
Up until this point, only his closest friends and family knew he was gay. In his letter, he talks about the misconceptions and stereotypes that exists pertaining to what it means to be gay. He hopes to shatter such misconceptions. People have known him as the great tennis player or, as he stated, "the broke boy who loves 2pac." Regardless of who knew him and how people knew him, one thing for sure was that he was not known as being gay.
"I guess my point/hope is that being gay doesn't define who a person is or a person's goodness. Their actions do and I hope to be known for how I treat/respect others. I look at our planet and see times changing. I have so much hope for the future. I see Salem as a microcosm of the world and that's sweet."
Drougas made a point of saying that equality will come around more and more if people begin the conversation. it took courage for Michael Drougas to post this note. With this, he hopes that other athletes or high school students will be able to say "hey, that kid is like me." Stories like this, as well as stories from Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers and other professional athletes, are the leaders towards acceptance and equality not just in sports but in every social aspect of peoples lives.