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Sebastián Vega is the first Argentine basketball player to publicly declare his homosexuality. We tell you his story.
Since kids, they teach us how to fit in. To be “normal”, to be one more piece of a puzzle in which, sometimes, we don't find our site. And when we feel that we are not going in the same direction as the rest of the world, we get frustrated. We think something's wrong with us. This is felt even more in certain areas: Sebastián Vega was the first Argentine basketball player to say that he is homosexual. Is he the first homosexual basketball player? I'm sure you don't. But he was encouraged to show himself as he is, to tell his truth. To take the first step so that others, perhaps, can also free themselves. We tell you his story.
Sebastián is 31 years old and was born in Gualeguaychú (Entre Ríos). It started his professional career in Central Entrerriano. In 2008 he arrived in Peñarol de Mar del Plata, the team with which he won the National League and the League of the Americas. Later passed through Boca, Quimsa and Libertad de Sunchales, before joining in 2018 the Gymnastics squad of Comodoro Rivadavia. He was also part of the youth selected between 2005 and 2007 and debuted in the largest in the South American 2010, in which Argentina won the silver.
But, behind a successful sports career and a life surrounded by beloved family and friends, Sebastián Vega suffered from the inside. “ The truth sets us free!” : that was the title of the letter he posted on his Twitter account . In that letter, he told his story. No more, no less. A story that repeats itself with the same plot and different protagonists. Even today, in the 21st century, there are those who suffer from a different sexual orientation than “normal”.
In his letter, he revealed that he is homosexual and recounted everything he went through. until he gathered the courage to tell his family, his friends and to his teammates. Fortunately, he received the support of everyone, including players, the coaching staff and the leaders of his club:
They also backed me, showed me that I wasn't going to change anything, that things would stay the same. That my sexual orientation would not change my personal situation, what I was (and am) as a person. I was so afraid I'd run out of a job. And in that the club leaders were the first to back me up. Perceiving that group and institutional protection allowed me to gain confidence and stability. I didn't have to live in the shadows anymore.
I hope that, more and more, we can all feel free to be as we are without having the need to explain to anyone.
Publication Date: 30/03/2020
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