Predators’ Luke Prokop comes out homosexual and turns into the NHL’s first brazenly homosexual participant
Luke Prokop made history on Monday.
The Predators defender signed an entry-level deal with Nashville in December, but perhaps the bigger life event for him came on July 19 when the 19-year-old came out gay and became the NHL’s first openly gay player.
Prokop published a tweet announcing this:
Full statement from Prokop:
Hello everybody. While the last year and a half has been insane, it has also given me the chance to find the real me. I’m no longer afraid to hide who I am.
Today I am proud to be able to say publicly to everyone that I am gay.
It’s been quite a journey to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to get out. From a young age I dreamed of becoming an NHL player and I believe that by living my authentic life I can bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams.
I would not be able to do this without my great family, friends and agents – who knew this about me and met me with love and support every step of the way. I hope I can help other people show that gays are welcome in the hockey community by showing who I am as we work to make sure that hockey is really suitable for everyone.
I may be new to the community, but I am eager to learn more about the strong and resilient people who came before me and paved the way for me to be more comfortable today. This is just the beginning of my journey and I’m excited to see where it takes me, both in hockey and in life.
Prokop explained his reasons for coming out with Pierre LeBrun from The Athletic:
“I don’t want to go to the gym or the arena or just have to practice and keep thinking, ‘Who knows? Who doesn’t?’ That’s me, “said Prokop.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a big topic of conversation, that’s not what I want. It’s just, ‘Hey, here I am.’ I feel sick. So I don’t have to worry or wonder about other people. “
Prokop, the right-shot defender, is said to be a next-level defender. He played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.
The NHL world offered support for Prokop’s decision to come out:
I am so incredibly proud of Luke Prokop.
I beg everyone to resist the urge to fight homophobes in the tl. I get the intent, but it’s often just for platform hatred. be louder with your support than they are with their hatred
– Low season cate (@csa_cate) July 19, 2021