BMX Pro Corey Walsh Comes Out As One of the First Openly Gay Male Cyclists

Mar 29, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

In an Instagram post today, BMX pro Corey Walsh came out as gay.

Corey’s coming out story began in January 2020 when he told a childhood friend, but he said in his Instagram post that if someone had told him a year ago that he would come out to the world today, he wouldn’t believe it. A piece written by Kris Fox on Dig BMX recounts the next several months as Corey unflinchingly shared his 20-year secret in a “rhinoceros stampede of reality.”

Corey is one of the first high-profile male cyclists of any discipline to come out as gay, joining pro road racers Graeme Obree and Justin Laevens and fellow BMXer Matt Beringer as one of the very few LGBT men in the bike world.


bigquotesIt just sucks ya know? All this unneeded stress and pressure. All these f*cking labels everyone puts on everyone. I just want to live a quiet life as me. I just want to do my thing without having to explain myself to everyone... f*ck it! I’ll do it! I will! Now that my family knows I really don’t give a f*ck what anyone thinks anymore.Corey Walsh, from Kris Fox's Dig BMX piece

Congratulations from Pinkbike, Corey. We look forward to a future in which people are free to be themselves. By coming out, you are helping to create that future.


607 Comments

  • 740 58
 this fuckin rules!
  • 191 21
 yeah fair play to him; really brave to be one of the first.
  • 131 578
flag Jasonbourne (Mar 29, 2021 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 Why? @alexdeich
  • 46 19
 High fives all around!
  • 177 5
 Corey is one of the most ridiculous riders in BMX right now. So happy to hear that he can now live openly and be a strength for other riders in similar situations. Mad respect
  • 104 10
 @Jasonbourne: helps give others courage to do the same if it’s something they want to be publicly know.
  • 97 22
 @deliriousduncan: go f*ck yourself duncan.
  • 21 257
flag deliriousduncan (Mar 29, 2021 at 15:26) (Below Threshold)
 @BrambleLee: ok. just a bible reference.
  • 220 48
 @deliriousduncan: Leave that shit in ancient history where it belongs.
  • 107 18
 @deliriousduncan: Anyone is welcome to any religion, live life by views from any old book, and flat out any form of relationship THEY choose. You have absolutely no place to push on others what you choose to live your life by.

Congrats to Corey.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 15:50) (Below Threshold)
 @draggingbrake: Their not forcing their views onto others though. They are simply using a bible verse. The word push or force is extremely overused in todays society.
  • 78 10
 @dhbro: So why is that excerpt from a book necessary then, if it's not pushing a personal view? What point do you think they were trying to share?
  • 109 22
 @dhbro: kid you might want to sit this one out since the Carlsbad bubble doesn't foster much in the way of diverse views. Hiding hate behind religious dogma is a garbage thing to do.
  • 55 164
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:04) (Below Threshold)
 @draggingbrake: Making points and forcing beliefs on someone are two completely different thing. I have my opinion and you have yours but that doesn't mean I'm forcing my opinion on you. Same goes with using a bible verse. Yes they did post a bible verse but that doesn't mean that they are forcing an opinion on you. It's like me saying Shimano is better than Sram which is an opinion but it is not being forced upon you.
  • 22 154
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:07) (Below Threshold)
 @NorCalNomad: I actually spent 85 percent of my life living in NorCal which is extremely left leaning. I think I have a good idea of what I'm talking about considering I've experienced both left and slightly right leaning places.
  • 93 35
 @dhbro: again bud. If you think it's fine to hide hate behind dogmatic thinking...you're still being shitty.
  • 61 173
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:10) (Below Threshold)
 @NorCalNomad: What do you mean hate? Stating a bible verse is not hate. One can believe in what the bible says but that doesn't mean they hate others.
  • 160 29
 @dhbro: If you quote the bible to shame someone then yeah that's hate. Especially since you're quoting a book that says people are evil and going to hell for living their lives. That's like saying quoting Hitler's Mein Kampf isn't hate because you're just stating a verse.
  • 13 86
flag Prof (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:21) (Below Threshold)
 Why?
  • 41 171
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: That is actually a great point but the bible isn't meant out to hurt people but to bring love. You are technically assuming they were out to shame someone, but I could also say that they are trying to save someone, but yes, I see where your'e coming from
  • 133 23
 @dhbro: That's a logical fallacy. In that argument you're saving them from a mythical afterlife they likely don't believe in by shaming them in real life. You are creating pain and suffering by forcing your views on someone else, not "saving them". It's great that you believe in the bible, but the rest of us would kindly ask you to keep it to yourself.
  • 99 26
 @dhbro: people like you are the reason why people like Corey are so reluctant to share their views, which honestly doesn’t affect anyone else’s life.
  • 41 86
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: How is it people like me. I haven't even taken a side yet. I'm just stating my opinion on what I think hate is. I am a christian but I love to see Corey doing this and have zero hate towards him.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:30) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: Thats how its always going to be though. There will always be multiple ways to look at it. There is no forcing going on here.
  • 57 41
 @dhbro: Quoting the bible to vilify someone is the literal definition of hate speech.
"Broadly speaking, hate speech, as it stands now, under both section 319(2) of the Criminal Code and provincial human rights legislation, are expressions of “detestation” or “vilification” made publicly that expose a person or persons to hatred, or are likely or substantially certain to expose a person or persons to hatred."
  • 26 85
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:43) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: The person that quoted the bible verse was not attacking nor disparaging Corey. Maybe it was made personal to Corey or the LGBTQ community but that doesn't mean it is hate
  • 31 70
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:45) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: I guess I'm not understanding where your coming from, but in the end I don't hate Corey in any way(I'm aware you're not accusing me of hate) As a christian my goal is to make people from any background feel comfortable, even if I don't agree with everything.
  • 51 18
 @dhbro: Quote is obviously (and rightfully) gone but if the quote was meant to "detest" or "vilify" the way others live their lives then yeah, that's the legal definition of hate speech. Phrasing it as "a helpful suggestion to spare you from eternal damnation" is just thinly veiled hate speech as it easily meets the requirements of detestation and vilification. Trying to justify it further by saying you're just passing on "gods" message doesn't make it any less so as you're the one choosing to share the quote.
  • 479 54
 @r-i-d-e-mtb, the comments you're referring to don't deserve to be defended. Let's get back to congratulating Corey and showing support for fellow riders rather than debating whether or not quotes from the Bible can be hateful. Spoiler alert: they can.
  • 38 188
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:55) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: Yes I would agree that we should just focus on Corey and I understand that I shouldn't of debated this topic further. Though I will say that everyone will be offended at something, which just shows that some people are overly sensitive when it comes to certain topics.
  • 26 150
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:06) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: So much for a good community haha. I just offended atleast five people with my most recent comment
  • 56 19
 @dhbro: go home your drunk
  • 21 41
flag quinnfilbey (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:42) (Below Threshold)
 Who knew there would be a bunch of definitely not homophobuc "dhbros" to celebrate Corey and inclusivity in the cycling world on Pinkbike?
  • 15 102
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:44) (Below Threshold)
 @LOTCP: I did think about my beliefs for a long time and I believe what I believe in because I thought about the fact that in the beginning of the world/atmosphere something couldn't of come from nothing. If you can explain how something came from nothing to me than thats great, but you seem to be in a bad mood.
  • 38 14
 @quinnfilbey: The only opinion I have is the fact that I'm glad that Corey feels comfortable coming out.
  • 14 44
flag quinnfilbey (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:47) (Below Threshold)
 @dhbro: the real question is, how could you of all people been made in God's image?
  • 17 44
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:48) (Below Threshold)
 @quinnfilbey: If I were being homophobic, pink bike would of suspended my account like they did the other dude.
  • 48 8
 He's 14, people.
  • 13 44
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:52) (Below Threshold)
 @Phillyenduro: Its fine, it just shows how immature they are
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:54) (Below Threshold)
 @LOTCP: Aww thats nice, threatening a minor. I never judged Corey, instead, I said that I'm glad for him.
  • 14 35
flag LOTCP (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:58) (Below Threshold)
 @dhbro: Oh you're a minor eh? You got the world figured out then. See you on the trail buddy.
  • 13 63
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:58) (Below Threshold)
 @LOTCP: Not being sarcastic, but have you been diagnosed with a mental illness because your actions are pointing towards something wrong up somewhere in your head
  • 149 64
 @mikekazimer:
I’m not on any side here, but if you guys are going to delete comments with bible versus because you consider it to be hate speech, maybe you should also delete comments calling Christians effing retards and shitty people. Once again I have zero dog in this fight, I myself am not religious, but seems pretty hypocritical of you guys
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 17:59) (Below Threshold)
 @LOTCP: Doing 10 minutes of research or looking up the bible for 5 minutes doesn't mean I got the world figured out bro
  • 41 13
 @dhbro: Don't worry, we can tell.
  • 134 16
 @ccurtis20, blatantly disrespectful comments of any type aren't allowed. Sometimes it just takes a few extra minutes to deal with them, especially in an article like this where, unfortunately, there are a lot of commenters who can't seem to say anything nice.

www.pinkbike.com/about/etiquette
  • 25 57
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 18:10) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: I know I got a little to far into this debate, but I hope that nothing I said came across as disrespectful. Also, thank you for providing the etiquette link.
  • 55 160
flag ChrisNJ (Mar 29, 2021 at 18:13) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: Posting a controversial topic then only allowing one side to comment. Starting to feel like IG/FB. What did you expect?
  • 20 7
 @mikekazimer:
Totally understandable. I commend you guys for dealing with the large amount of short tempered people on here
  • 60 26
 @ChrisNJ: There's no room for hate here, bro. There's Parler for that shit.
  • 44 124
flag ChrisNJ (Mar 29, 2021 at 18:33) (Below Threshold)
 @graham2017: Not your "bro". And just because you don't like someone else's opinion doesnt mean you get to tell them they can't comment. If that kid wants to post a biblical reference he has every right to do it. You people need to figure out how to not be so sensitive and accept criticism and differing opinions. Otherwise when you internet people get into the real world you're not going to know how to deal w/ real encounters. The PB mods won't be there to save you from your hurt feelings.
  • 119 11
 @ChrisNJ: How is it a controversial topic? Dude announced something about his personal life that has been rare in cycling or sport in general that shouldn't even be a big deal at this point.

As for one sided comments, someone came on with a bible verse, which admittedly I can no longer see, but I can guess a few regularly chosen ones that are often used when this topic comes up that would likely have started this BS. People in recent years have been using bible verse's as a low key insult that has an immediate semi safety barrier around it because they can hide behind the protective wall of a religion if people start to shit on them which is not just a short on the person or situation they are using it on, but on the religion they try hide their true feelings behind as well. Its gross.
  • 66 25
 @dhbro: what was your goal here? to stick up for Christian "rights" to protest human rights?
When some one says a bible verse in a situation like this its targeted and meant to be an objection in the most passive aggressive way possible..
Christians dont need your help. They are the oppressors in this power dynamic.
  • 37 5
 @ChrisNJ: what do you mean "you people" ?
  • 44 11
 @ChrisNJ: the fact that you think some one just trying to be themselves and live their lives is "controversial" says enough about you
  • 39 8
 @ChrisNJ: That may have been true 50 years ago when it at least wasn't socially unacceptable to be bigoted towards people based on their race or sexual orientation. That is no longer the case. If you have prejudices you can keep them to yourself as they are no longer tolerated in our society, and if you honestly feel that either telling or implying someone is a "sinner" for their way of life isn't a prejudice I have nothing to suggest for you but self reflection.
  • 20 7
 @Jasonbourne: down votes for what? I agree, who care who’s gay or not... bikes
  • 21 75
flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 19:03) (Below Threshold)
 @deepstrut: If i said a bible verse to someone who is suicidal or something like that, it would be out of love. The christians that follow the bible correctly aren't the oppressors because they are taught to love and not judge because that is for God to do.
  • 29 21
 @TheBrosCloset: I think the reason most people want to mountain bike is for the fun of it and to step away from the outside world(not saying this is a bad thing). I could care less if someone is gay, straight, fat, skinny or anything else. The goal of mountain biking is to just mountain bike and have fun, at least in my opinion.
  • 35 8
 @ChrisNJ: huh it's almost like PB doesn't support hate speech, bro.

Especially from an account that was created just for spreading hate
  • 24 7
 @dhbro: cool, so how about you keep your posts bike related. Really could have save a lot of your time.
  • 37 38
 F¥c£ biblical bull$h1t...
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 29, 2021 at 20:02) (Below Threshold)
 @TheBrosCloset: understandable, but if someones going to post about something I might as well respond. That is also why I said that pink bike should keep stuff bike related
  • 112 2
 @dhbro: As a Christian, I'd just like to point out that the bible also teaches that believers should never expect non-believers to live by their standards or way of life, or judge them for it. So yeah, posting a verse here, in this context, when nobody asked for your opinion, is poor form at best. If someone asks for your opinion, then give it. Until then its best to keep your expectations limited to your own life...
  • 15 12
 @Bikeordie1: Yeah I didn't post the verse as it was someone else, but yes I agree with what you are saying. I was just trying to have people understand but it didn't really go as planned. Thank you for pointing this out.
  • 22 3
 @dhbro: as a christian I think everyone should shut up and stop commenting.
  • 10 0
 @Bikeordie1: That is just a great rule for everyone regardless of what you believe.
  • 11 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: yes great what i was saying is that no one is being helpful on either side and this string is way longer than it needs to be so why doesn't everyone be quiet and stop arguing one way or another. Mad respect Corey!
  • 5 10
flag Eatsdirt (Mar 29, 2021 at 21:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Bikeordie1: You get it. WTF is wrong with the majority of your brethren? False prophets and piss poor witnesses.
  • 17 2
 @dhbro: this is bike athlete related, so bine related, same would happen on a football site if it was a player.

And no, you don't always need to comment. Sometimes you need to read the room and comment when appropriate. It's called being personable and you'll need that skill when you all grown up.
  • 1 0
 @dhbro: this dude bmx tho!
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 @dhbro:
  • 45 6
 @dhbro: as an atheist my goal is shut the f*ck up and not tell people how to live. I wish Christians would take the same route, but here you are.
  • 21 12
 @DAN-ROCKS: as a Christian you have to follow the teachings and example of Christ. You may read and attempt to learn from the word of God in the old testament. However the teachings and example of Christ supercede anything in the old testament. If you attempt to apply anything in the old testament in a way that is not consistent with the teachings and example of Christ you are not a Christian. It's called Christianity for a reason! Any form of hate or oppression is not consistent with the teachings and example of Christ, anybody doing so is not a Christian whatever they may claim.
  • 18 60
flag Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub (Mar 30, 2021 at 1:41) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: there's a difference between hate speech and speech that you hate
Never seen such one sided bullshit
  • 24 13
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Waiting to hear your brave tirade against the Quran.
  • 14 21
flag Steventux (Mar 30, 2021 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Shut your polemic trolling hole.

Congratulations to Corey for having the bravery to make this announcement.
  • 15 10
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I agree it was purposefully excessive and polemic in itself. Not nice when someone trolls you is it?

The point I should have made is that instead of congratulating Corey on a human level you decided, yet again, to throw a comments grenade and perpetuate a debate which doesn't need to happen.

At no point do you address what he has done or the bravery of that act, you decide it's time to preach your polarised view of the world. You're in good company here but all this 'God does / doesn't exist' 5th grade bullshit is massively undermining the real gist of this article. That Corey had the strength to come out to his family and to the wider world.

Look at the people you are taking on, dhbro, a 14 year old believer and a bunch of other pilgrims who are bound to be offended by what you are saying. Classic DCA trollbot. Try being grateful for the guy and leave your world views on Reddit.
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flag NERyder (Mar 30, 2021 at 4:51) (Below Threshold)
 @ccurtis20: I couldn’t agree more. There are people making veiled threats at dhPro and a comment comparing the Bible/Christians to Mein Campf /Nazi’s and both of these seem to cross a line from my perspective. I didn’t even see the original comment that dhPro was referring to but dhPro hasn’t said anything personally in their comments that has been hateful. You may disagree completely but the comments are not hateful
Everyone is never going to agree on anything. People have strong beliefs on both sides of many issues. But it gets dangerous when either side starts sharpening pitchforks and lighting torches. If you truly are against hate you can’t sanitize it when it is convenient or aligns with your goals.
  • 2 1
 @creakyfreerider: Nice1 for having the balls to share something so personal in such an open manner.
In this day and age it shouldn’t matter what sexual orientation someone has as to how they are judged.

Btw what is the Q for in the label LGBT Q?
  • 12 55
flag willdavidson9595 (Mar 30, 2021 at 6:13) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: Because it's not worth congratulating, I would congratulate him if he won a medal or something but we don't need to celebrate this.
  • 16 5
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I enjoyed looking over your list here. I was having a similar conversation with a friend yesterday(about humanity and intelligence), and I referenced this little factoid from a book I'm currently reading...."According to a 2012 Gallup survey, only 15% of Americans think that Homo Sapiens evolved through natural selection, free of all divine intervention. 32% maintain that humans may have evolved from earlier life forms in a process lasting millions of years, but God orchestrated this entire show. 46% believe that God created humans in their current form during the last 10,000 years, just as the Bible says".
So, kind of gives you an idea of what humanity is dealing with when it comes to free and critical thinking. I've had the opinion for a while that 85% of people are stupid(many I bring this number up to actually think it's higher, including the owner of my local liquor store). Once you put this idea into your head it becomes easier to just shake your head and walk away from situations, lose expectations of people, and maybe be a little less perturbed, though I just find myself staying home a lot more! ha ha
  • 16 13
 Hey guys don’t sweat the god squad. They know god don’t exist so they gotta flex somehow lol
  • 28 7
 @ChrisNJ: the problem is that you think there are equal "sides" here. There aren't. It's 2021, if you have any thought beyond "Cool, good for this guy" when a 20 year old man let's the world know he's gay, then you're just a shitty person. I don't care what the Bible says.
  • 1 13
flag splsce (Mar 30, 2021 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
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 @BobbyHillbomb: I'm not telling people how to live. I wasn't even the one to post the verse.
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 @dhbro: keep digging lol
  • 12 0
 @catweasel: exactly, God calls Christians to show love and respect to each other even if you don’t agree with them. Corey Walsh is one hell of rider and can live his life how he wants, that is his decision not anyone else’s.
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 @GlassGuy: the thing is, we need that dumb dumb 85%. Otherwise, who will work at the local Cracker Barrel. I need my cheese!
  • 8 7
 For those apathetic Christians who downvoted me, it's further proof my description fits. But hey, you can just ask for forgiveness and all the evil in your heart is forgiven!
  • 1 12
flag Jasonbourne (Mar 30, 2021 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 Thanks for sharing your opinion. Meant a lot. @gally-nh:
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 @McArdle:
L esbian
G ay
B isexual
T rans
Q ueer or Questioning
2+ (represents two-spirited)
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 @graham2017: no room for hate here??
Are you kidding? The people who say that are ALWAYS busy actually HATING someone in the previous or very next statement.
  • 26 2
 @deliriousduncan: Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery who was brought to Jesus? The law at the time said she should be stoned to death, and that's what her accusers wanted to do. But when they asked Jesus he said, "let him who is without sin throw the first stone". (John 8:7)
One by one they all left without casting a single stone until it was just Jesus and this lady.
"Where are your accusers" he asks, "does no one condemn you?"
"No one" she replies
"Then neither do I, now go and sin no more"

The point I am making is this, among Christians (and I emphasize, among Christians) it is important for us to discuss and debate what we consider to be right and wrong. But then once we decide, regardless of what we decide, we have a very clear example of how to implement it. And that is grace and compassion. Always, grace and compassion.


So Corey, from the slightly-older-than-previous-posters Christians out here (even the one who think the Bible says homosexuality wasn't God's intent), congratulations, we wish you all the best
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 @scary1: Feel free to quote me then. To be clear, there's a distinction between bigotry and hating bigots if that's what you were getting at.
  • 14 4
 Just ride your freakin bike
  • 14 3
 @graham2017: telling others to be tolerant of the intolerant is a bigot's only game plan because they know theyre pieces of shit, so deflect and project - it's super obvious. entitlement is the bigot's worst enemy lol
  • 4 1
 @graham2017: wait, are you saying don’t hate the sin, hate the sinner?
Cuz I think I see where you guys get it mixed up, then
  • 4 0
 @dhbro:
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 @scary1: you work at Cracker Barrel too?! Can you get us employee discount for dat cheez? I Venmo u back. Thx dawg.
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 @OlSkoolJake: Q - queer? Sounds a bit naughty!
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flag willdavidson9595 (Mar 30, 2021 at 13:36) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: maybe because they don't share your far left views about gay people... and they don't have to, people have different views and opinions on certain things. Nobody is hating on Corey, they just don't believe we should worship him for his decisions.
  • 91 5
 @willdavidson9595, there's nothing inherently 'far left' about being kind to others no matter their sexual orientation. That's called being a decent human being.
  • 5 2
 @cuban-b: it's people like you who make assumingly heterosexual pinkbike commenters say "you can blow me"
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 @wheelsmith: its actually the other guy but i know what you mean.
  • 10 2
 @scary1: You should understand the people here and the majority of mainstream society do not give a flying f*ck about sin or what you deem to be one.

Didn't you see the Gallup poll pushed yesterday, "Fewer than Half of Americans Belong to a Church". Of those, the subset of Christians who genuinely use their religion to inform their own morality is statistically insignificant (ref: the abuses of the Catholic Church, you pushing homophobia in a public forum for easy examples).
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: I can't believe I upvoted one of your comments. cheers.
  • 3 2
 Same thought my bro. Fuckin rad!
  • 9 3
 Agreed! Stoked for Corey to have taken a bold step forward. As for all of the fragile ego damage control here not having to do with congratulating Corey... ew
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flag willdavidson9595 (Mar 30, 2021 at 16:37) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: Again, I'm not being unkind I'm sure Corey is a super cool person but there is no reason to celebrate him coming out gay.
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 @dhbro:

The elephant in the room here is that the religious folks in this thread are under the impression that being gay is a decision, instead of how one is born.

Do you think it’s a decision one makes? Do you remember when you decided to be a heterosexual?
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 18:18) (Below Threshold)
 @hllclmbr: Here's the thing, I could care less if someone is gay or not as it does not change my life in anyway. Even if people thought that being gay is a decision, they are being very polite about it and congratulating Corey. I get that Corey is one of the first riders to come out as gay, but what does it matter to others. So many people in this comment section are saying that it would be great if people didn't care about sexual orientation, so why are we bringing up Corey?
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 @dhbro: It would be great if people didn't care about religion either. If you could care less why are you here commenting? Can't turn the other cheek? Perhaps your time would be better spent praying for his soul, because you're not going to convert people here into believers with your inability to be a good witness.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 18:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: I got back because I think it is respectful to answer others questions even if I don't agree with them. People don't have to care about religion nor do they have to care about you or me. Just because people don't care doesn't mean someone can't go out in the world and preach about something. I mean, what is the point of you responding to me, was it to educate me?
  • 5 3
 @dhbro: you must be fun at parties
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 @dhbro:

You neglected to answer my question.

Is being gay a decision, or something that one is born being?

If it’s the later, did god make a mistake?
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 19:25) (Below Threshold)
 @hllclmbr: I'm not the one to answer your question as I haven't looked into it enough. Weather it is a decision or not, it doesn't affect me. To be honest, I don't have the full answer to this, but we can compare it to alcoholics. Were alcoholics born alcoholics or did they choose to be one?
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 @dhbro: DAFUQ did I just read?!??!

Did you just try to compare sexuality to addiction?

W H A T I N T H E A C T U A L F U C K , O V E R ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ?
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 @cuban-b: he's the underage kid at the party that no one invited sitting in the corner drinking Diet Pepsi and hogging the bowl of Doritos.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 21:10) (Below Threshold)
 @OlSkoolJake: How about you tell me what I should compare it to. Just because I compared it doesn't make it a bad thing. Just trying to help you understand.
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 Firstly, I want to offer a huge shout-out to Corey for coming out, it takes a huge amount of courage, and it is incredibly important that high profile people come out and that it is celebrated. We need more role models, more inclusion, and more loving acceptance for everyone. There are a lot of people who seem to be confused about this in one way or another, either not realizing that coming out as gay in a intensely hetero dominated world is scary (see the dumpster fire above that I am foolishly wading into), or thinking that someone else's sexual preferences are a basis for judgement, scorn, or other hurtful and hateful actions.

There is also now some discussion between if something is a "choice" or a "born trait", which might make for some great internet sparring, but is actually beside the point on multiple levels. This will get a bit philosophical, so bear with me.

First, why would it matter if it is a choice? Do you hate or judge people who don't mountain bike because they don't? Consenting adults should be allowed to entertain themselves however they please, so long as nobody is getting hurt. There might be some grey area here legally, but morally there is no justification for directing judgement or hate towards someone minding their own business even if what they are doing is something you perceive as a choice. Imagine there is a group of people who believe that playing with Legos is harmful and morally wrong, and they frequently express concern about people completely unrelated to them playing with Legos, protest at Lego theme parks, and walk around with a sense that they have a moral mission to prevent people from playing Legos. Is playing with Legos a choice? It almost certainly is by most definitions (more on that later) but at the same time, Legos are fun, and it isn't right for someone to levy judgement or even worse spew hate just because they don't think Legos are good for me. I picked a lighthearted example, but the extension of this to cover any denigrated group should be pretty clear.

Second, choices aren't what you think they are. This is a really common confusion, and the alcoholism comment really hits this one home for me, but its can be a difficult concept for many to navigate, especially via comments on Pinkbike, but I'll give it a shot. Any complex human behavior is always a mix of genetic factors and environmental influence, there is no "Nature or Nurture", its always both. Alcoholism and other addictive behaviors are well understood to be a response to trauma, usually childhood trauma (see In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (drgabormate.com/book/in-the-realm-of-hungry-ghosts). Every brain is different, and every trauma is different, and while there are some genetic risk factors for certain behavior disorders, there is also always an environmental aspect to these disorders. The human brain is an almost unfathomably complex network of nearly a quadrillion synapses between nearly 100 billion neurons. Your genome doesn't code the complete description of how your brain is wired, it just doesn't have enough data. Your brain is not a static network, it is changing, every second of every day, since before you were born. Everything you have ever done, and everything that has ever happened to you, has influenced the structure of your brain as it is today, and it will be slightly different tomorrow from today's activities. We all are, without hyperbole, the sum of our entire lives up to this point.

What does this have to do with choice? Our choices are highly constrained by our life history, we don't approach decisions in a vacuum. Things like where we were born, who we were born to, where we went to school, what we had for breakfast and so on will influence every decision we make. The perception that someone is making a choice, literally any choice, from a place of "free will" is really an illusion. What even would be the definition of a choice in this context? Having picked one thing but presuming that we could have done otherwise would be a common definition. But you are who you are, and if we rewound the universe to be in the exact same state it was before you made your "choice", you would choose the same thing again. If the conditions were slightly different, it wouldn't be the same "choice". This might sound like fatalism, but it's not. It is simply saying that events are either deterministic, or random, but neither of those gives rise to our perception that we are choosing something by "free will". If people aren't really free to choose, then on what basis can we judge or condemn them.

The burden is on all of us to make the world the best place we possibly can, and approaching all other humans with loving kindness is a solid start. I think its time to stop looking for justifications for judgement on both sides of this realize that we are all so much more the same than we are different.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 21:34) (Below Threshold)
 @ghotinori: Wow! That is a lot to take in, but yes, everyone is different and everyones choices are different. In the end we shouldn't judge people as long as it doesn't affect others. I just think that it is hypocritical(I'am aware I'm not innocent) of some commenters that are saying that sexual orientation doesn't matter but than support this. I understand that it is great that Corey feels comfortable, but if people want others to not think about ones sexual orientation/desires, we should just stop talking about it in the first place.
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 @dhbro: My response is to point out your hypocrisy... and you don't disappoint. You are probably well aware of (and propagating) religious persecution. By your comments it's apparent you can't find a sliver of empathy or understanding for someone living in fear of being persecuted for their sexual orientation..and that speaks volumes about your character. If your God is righteous and just, you'll be judged for this.
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 21:51) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: And I will be judged but also forgiven. Like I said before, I am happy for Corey. This was a nice debate, and I'm sorry we couldn't agree. Have a nice night.
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 @dhbro: The hypocrisy continues. You're happy for him and yet don't understand why we're talking about him. RIGHT. Ha, and there's nothing like being "forgiven"... the ol' get out of jail free card!
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flag r-i-d-e-mtb (Mar 30, 2021 at 22:15) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: People are talking about him because they are glad that he can come out in a "society" in todays world. They are also glad that he feels comfortable coming out with many cyclist not coming out as openly gay. Being forgiven is not a get out of jail "free card" at least not in my opinion. It doesn't matter what I understand as all that matters is I won't be one to judge and let people do their own thing. Have a nice night, this debate is becoming annoying, and I probably shouldn't be reasoning to this but here I am.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 30, 2021 at 23:41) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: with reference to ‘keep it to yourself’.
Since the left are the ones that say sexuality doesn’t matter, why do we need to know what people do behind closed doors? If it doesn’t matter, why talk about it? They seem obsessed with something that apparently doesn’t matter. Same with race and sex. It doesn’t matter, but they never stop talking about it?

(Clearly this is a contentious topic, never seen so many below threshold comments on one thread.)
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flag scary1 (Mar 31, 2021 at 0:21) (Below Threshold)
 @graham2017: you’re missing the point dipwad
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 @mikekazimer: Decency, kindness? Oh you are definitely a far left extremist Big Grin
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 @koldunuk: sounds true!
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flag MikeGruhler (Mar 31, 2021 at 5:33) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: No issues just curious if you have read Mein Kampf? Alot of people have read the book and recommend reading it, not because of hate but because we have to understand all sides of an idea to filter out the bad ones. But those ideas need to be known so we can identify the people with these bad ideas/intentions.
Oh and the Bible is pretty much made for shaming people into behaving "correctly"
Considering how long ago it was created it's done a better job in creating good people then modern society and its ideas. I'm far from religious but understand the necessity to contemplate religious ideas.
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flag wesleyfleatus (Mar 31, 2021 at 6:47) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: so now you're our God? We must come to you to seek approval of what is right and wrong in the world? You now deem what parts of a text can be removed from circulation? Sounds like you're pushing your own form of religious doctrine on others.

You must be one of the New Gods I read about in the novel American Gods . The Old Gods are dead now?
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 @wesleyfleatus: go to parler troll
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 @r-i-d-e-mtb: lol you changed your username too. You’re a god damn coward and you know it. God you people are insufferable.
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 @r-i-d-e-mtb: hey everyone, dhbro changes his name to r-i-d-e-mtb lol. Gold medalist of the mental gymnastics event.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: you don’t know that at all. That’s an arrogant presumption. How could you possibly know that?
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 @tobiusmaximum: just like with the Easterbunny, no one knows if it really exists
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 @cuban-b: Plus, everyone (educated) knows Mike Kazimer is a MTB God.
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 No, you fucking rule, mother fucker!!
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flag Ryanrobinson1984 (Mar 31, 2021 at 10:00) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: who are you talking to??
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 10:04) (Below Threshold)
 @likehell: hardly the same thing. Despite the atheistic desire to think it is.

Let me put it this way. (Current too). Did viruses exist before we ‘discovered’ them?
No
Did they pop into existence just as we gained the ability to ‘see’ (measure) them?
No

So it’s fair to say that ‘absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’.

I would just like to hear Cuban say ‘that’s what I choose to believe’. Because he doesn’t ‘know’ it at all.
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 @tobiusmaximum: nobody owes you anything. Entitlement much?
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: where did I say that then?
(N.b) clearly a typo above. Obviously viruses did exist before we discovered them)
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flag wesleyfleatus (Mar 31, 2021 at 18:36) (Below Threshold)
 does someone moderate what can be said on here?

All the hatred toward each other regarding belief systems.
Pretty vulgar language for a public site. Are kids allowed to use this website?
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 Wow... This offshoot of comments is still going eh? Well that's actually just gross.

I'm not reading through all of that above, but I did see many comments about why this matters. It's fine that he's gay, why should it warrant a post. Well, let me get into the finer details. This is not personal experience, but chatting with other riders who fall into the category over the years.

Action sports have very few out there LGBTQ pro's in any of them. And very few few of them are gay men. There's a lot of bro-ness and and attitude towards it from some riders. A young kid coming into being a teenager is already dealing with a lot and having to deal with the social aspects of being a gay teenager are hard enough. Without a welcoming community to look up to, that kid may shy away from something they love out of fear of being rejected by their peers for who they are. Now that kid is done riding, snowboarding, skiing, skating, whatever.

Having openly gay pro riders provides these kids someone to look up to and can identify with. It can keep them in the sport. Everything in the original post about friends and family being so welcoming, strong relationships with sponsors and the BMX community being so happy for him.

This could make the difference between a kid or even an adult feeling included in something they love to do, or feel like they're the odd one out

Not every post on pinkbike or the internet is for you and your f*cking entertainment, have some f*cking respect. Instead you just see it as something that you don't give a f*ck about so why shod it be on pinkbike. Let people who need it have some inspiration. Let that next kid who might feel excluded because they're made to feel different by other feel included somewhere safe, and maybe in 10 years he'll have a sick pinkbike edit instead of wishing he kept with it.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 20:46) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: unfortunately Mike, the far left consider everything they do (and think) to be ‘being a decent human being’. That’s how they roll.
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 @tobiusmaximum: Actually what happens more often is that the right acuse the left of the things they are guilty of, to deflect from their own crimes and corruption.

www.google.com/amp/s/www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/03/30/matt-gaetz-is-being-investigated-over-possible-sexual-relationship-with-girl-17-new-york-times-reports/%3foutputType=amp

Reverse Qanon!
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: my favorite is when someone calls someone leftist because they don't share the same view as an auto reaction because they don't actually have a valid point to back up their point as a way to, in their mind, auto win the conversation like it's some sort of battle that they need to come out on top with. It's become the "my dad could beat up your dad" of a generation of adults.

Half of my friends are very centralist, myself included, or old school right leaning and aren't always stoked about how extreme either side is getting, but are constantly called leftist as some sort of insult because they called someone out on bullshit and that person didn't have anything else to stand on. Meanwhile most of them haven't voted for anything but right leaning party's since they were able to vote. What a time to be alive.....
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 @TheBrosCloset: This. Well said.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: I broadly agree with this assessment but I think the big question that your comment poses is: where is Patmos and how can I get there?
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 @TheBrosCloset: "Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in reality. And reality has a well-known liberal bias ..." Colbert @ the 2006 White House correspondents dinner
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flag wesleyfleatus (Apr 1, 2021 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @NorCalNomad: why would I go to a parler? That's a dumb joke.
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flag cougar797 (Apr 2, 2021 at 5:03) (Below Threshold)
 @ccurtis20: They just aired a podcast where Mike pointed out anyone that didn’t agree with his view point was an “idiot”. Tolerance as long as it’s their way.
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 @cougar797, the point I was making in the podcast was that if you’re homophobic you’re an idiot. Is that really such a controversial statement?
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 @mikekazimer: Amen man! Cougar797 trying to say that arguing against hate is hate itself, is part of the reason people are having to be paid to move to AR.
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flag wesleyfleatus (Apr 2, 2021 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: @mikekazimer: why resort to name calling people on your own website? Itmakes it okay for others to do the same or worse.

You don't have to be a role model, but your comments set the tone for the rest of us. Creates more work for you to moderate
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 @mikekazimer: I don’t think you mean it in a true “phobia” way and more of a if you don’t like it way. In which case you are saying anyone that doesn’t support it for whatever reason is an idiot. Just saying strong statement. Lots of beliefs and religious folks out there that you are giving the finger too.

I truly believe learning to be polite with everyone is important. Sometimes that means being cool with people that don’t agree with us even if it doesn’t make sense to us personally. Again not arguing with your support of another human being.
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 @wesleyfleatus: Typically, if the shoe fits -- wear it. Sorry the truth hurts, brahhhh.
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flag cougar797 (Apr 2, 2021 at 9:49) (Below Threshold)
 @NorCalNomad: Have the peeps moving in are from Cali and leaving for a reason.
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 @cougar797: There's nothing to agree about. If you "don't like" gayness in 2021, you're a bigot, and you're most likely lashing out due to your own repressed thoughts you "don't like." Plain and simple.
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flag cougar797 (Apr 2, 2021 at 10:10) (Below Threshold)
 @gally-nh: Wow dude haha whatever you say.
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flag cougar797 (Apr 2, 2021 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 @gally-nh: Cause look up the dictionary definition of that word then read your statement....
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 @cougar797:

" big-ot, noun

a person who is obstinately or unreasonably attached to a belief, opinion, or faction, especially one who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular group."

I'd say that pretty much covers where you're at buddy.
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 @gally-nh: Cause I asked someone to lay off calling others names? See we can’t talk it without people getting bent.
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 @cougar797: No, that's not why. Save the BS for someone else.
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flag stlbrk (Apr 2, 2021 at 14:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Jasonbourne: yes, why?

What do sexual preferences have to do with biking?

In polite society sex is not discussed

Sex is for procreation

What is the basis for homosexuality?
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 @stlbrk: Sex is also for fun.
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 @stlbrk:

Homosexuality exists across the spectrum of animals, from many varieties of mammals to birds.

What’s the evolutionary benefit, and why does it continue to exist even though it appears, at first glance, to provide zero benefit to a species and the continuance of its genetic material? Yet it does persist.

I don’t know, and I’m not sure anyone else does, but a PhD or two could be earned investigating that question.

Of course, if you don’t accept evolution, then nevermind.
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flag willdavidson9595 (Apr 2, 2021 at 20:51) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: Hey Mike, you're way out of line. I appreciate all you do for Pinkbike but it's very unacceptable calling people idiots because they believe something completely backed by fact and science.
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 @willdavidson9595: I would love to hear what you think science is?
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 @willdavidson9595: What exactly are you saying is backed by fact and science?

This should be good.
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 @willdavidson9595: "One of the most fundamental mistakes we make as humans is assuming everyone else is basically just like us." How about this. Maybe...just maybe...it's possible that people on this earth have a frame of reference that's so completely different from yours that it's fundamentally impossible for you to be able to understand things from their point of view. If that was the case, can you say that the view these people hold is wrong? Or do you think that maybe their point of view is just so different from your own that it will never make sense to you. In that case wouldn't the kind and loving thing be to say you know what, I don't understand this but as long as it's not hurting anybody and it makes them happy then good for them. There is this tendency to say that because something makes me uncomfortable that it's wrong. Maybe the question should be what is it about you, your ego, and your beliefs that you're holding onto that this situation makes you feel uncomfortable.
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 @catweasel: Yes Jesus loves everyone (including all gay people believe it or not), and we should all strive to do the same. I'm just saying we don't need to discuss this further because it's contentious and all points have been made.
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 @r-i-d-e-mtb: are you insane? You just compared addiction to sexual preference!
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 Too bad Kyle Strait isn't gay... would make for a good title.
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 r/angryupvote
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 LMFAO
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 After all the crap above, a bit of light relief was welcome
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 Congrats, Corey! I'm sure this wasn't an easy decision. Hopefully it'll inspire others and let them know that they're not alone. Much respect.
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 Yooo whatever you do, don’t reveal the hidden comments. There are a lot more bigots in mountain biking than I though there would be.
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 This wouldn't be the first pinkbike post to expose that.
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flag mtb-scotland (Mar 29, 2021 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 no bigots in the hidden comments. people just pointing out that the being gay isn't the big deal it was years ago. No one cares about your sexuality these days.
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 @mtb-scotland: Actually, there were a lot of people saying being gay was against the bible and other bible quotes as well as elementary drivel about it being a choice and what not. Thank goodness Pinkbike takes that garbage down. Don't fool yourself thinking that doesn't exist anymore.
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 @mtb-scotland:
"No one cares about your sexuality these days."

Unfortunately, many definitely do
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flag mtb-scotland (Mar 29, 2021 at 16:16) (Below Threshold)
 Not there now. @ptrcarson:
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 You should see the Facebook comments.. just proving the point of the article.
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 @mtb-scotland: I know, they were removed. Pinkbike deletes comments that do not abide by their terms.
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 @mtb-scotland: being gay isn't the big deal but, some peoples backwards attitudes towards it is. An thats what articles like this bring to the surface.. Out come the bigots. Proving we have a LONG way to go before things like this aren't news. Same as when a black rider recently drops an interview about how hard it is for themselves in a traditionally white sport. Out come the bigots.. also the im not racist/homophobe but, brigade..
All the power to riders like Cory, Berringer an Jackson as they are the ones sticking their head above the wall an taking flack for future riders.
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 At least here they're hidden. On articles about trans cyclists the bigoted comments get upvoted.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 This is the definition of bigot: a person who is obstinately or unreasonably attached to a belief, opinion, or faction, especially one who is prejudiced against or antagonistic towards a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular group.


Shed load of people throwing stones in glass houses on this comment section. Tons of bigotry towards Christians. But people want to throw the insults, they don’t want to think they’re committing the crime.
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 @tobiusmaximum: how do you not realize that everyone is just reacting to religious peoples hate for anything outside their realm of understanding. Oh wait, I get it, there’s nothing wrong with hating a “sinner” am I right? But when we defend someone by calling you out suddenly were the bigots? Can you be any more self righteous?
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 31, 2021 at 20:36) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: ludicrous. What you’re telling me (along with the most of the left wing) is that the supposed answer to bigotry is more bigotry. I’m literally considering the definition of the word and shining a mirror on the people flinging the insult.

Call it what you like, justify it how you want.. it is what it is and modern people hate to be called out on their bullshit.
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 @tobiusmaximum: you just proved my point. You just want the entitlement to hate whomever youd like without people calling you out. You think it’s just as bigoted to call out a bigot because you’re being targeted and have no defense for being full of hate.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 1, 2021 at 11:30) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: please enlighten me about who I’m ‘hating’. I can’t wait.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 1, 2021 at 20:45) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: simple enough question. You can quote me, to make your point, if you like.

With regards to your utopian view that you can force everyone to love, and somehow cancel the emotion of hate, it never works. What you will do is hand so much power to the top that life will become unbearable for all.
Go around and ask if you want, the only people who want to be loved by people who have been told to.. are unhinged.

I’ve never had a problem with ‘insert minority group’. Ever. Truth is, I was always a defender of people being bullied for being ‘different’. What I have a problem with is being told that if I don’t jump up and down about their ‘plight’ then I’m a hater. Or if I make a logical reasoned query, then I’m a massive bigot.

By the way, hate isn’t an entitlement, it’s a right. Incitement to violence is a crime, legitimately. Hate.. is not a crime, it’s an emotion. Normally, incorrectly foisted upon people by left wing nutjobs.
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 @tobiusmaximum: “the left”... please, this has nothing to do with left v right. So if you have the right to hate whoever you want, then others have the right to hate you for that exact same reason. Sounds like a fair deal right? If not, you’re the biggest snowflake of all time.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 3, 2021 at 1:10) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: thats a fair deal (in fact, its the backbone of freedom. if you don't defend other peoples right to say things you don't like then you aren't interested in freedom).... i'm not the one bleating on about hate. it doesn't bother me in the slightest. its you lot that are being hypocrites.
..and you can't tell me identity politics is nothing to do with left and right, that is totally untrue. this website used to be about bikes, now its becoming a left-wing circle-jerk.
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flag mtb-scotland (Apr 3, 2021 at 4:16) (Below Threshold)
 @tobiusmaximum: That is not how society works sadly. You are only entitled to views that other people hold.
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 Every thing i disagree with is the fault of the left!!!!!!! Derpa derpa derp derp
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 @tobiusmaximum: hypocrites eh? time to look into that mirror you’re telling everyone else to look into mate.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 3, 2021 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: do tell. I’d be more than happy to hold my hands up if I’ve contradicted myself.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 3, 2021 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: oh and you forgot to get back to me about who I was ‘hating’ on.
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 @tobiusmaximum: you tell me. If you truly don’t have a problem with [insert group here] then why so defensive??? Funny how it’s on this specific article. So go ahead, tell us how you really feel and be honest. No judgment I promise.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 4, 2021 at 13:58) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: i made it pretty clear earlier on.

all you're admitting is that you have nothing. other than a vague allegation of presumed hate.
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 @tobiusmaximum: it’s gotta be exhausting being you
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 @mtb-scotland: you can have whatever views you want. That doesn’t shield you from rational people calling you out for being a total piece of shit. The internet is the bigots’ best friend and worst enemy.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: not really sweetheart. can't be even close to all your mental gymnastics.
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 @tobiusmaximum: bless your heart. You keep trying. Oh and love thy neighbor Wink
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: you're funny. so far you've managed to falsely accuse me of bigotry and incorrectly assume I'm religious.
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 @tobiusmaximum: Cheers for the compliment! Good day, sir Smile
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:40) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: as a yank, you probably haven't ever heard the phrase 'funny peculiar, not funny haha'.
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 @tobiusmaximum: sounds like you’ve heard it plenty of times for some reason
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:44) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: your use of the 'boohoo i don't like that' button is really sad. i hope you find your balls again soon.
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 @tobiusmaximum: devolved to personal attacks I see. You’re a troll and you know it. You’re a total piece of shit and this is all you have left HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: after the way you laid into me from the first comment? without any direct accusations or responses to direct questions? you are a joke, you deserve nothing less. the funny part is that because you have the support of lots of other weak people, you actually think you are right... and morally superior.
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 @tobiusmaximum: correct, I AM morally superior
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 @tobiusmaximum: all this so you can hate whomever you want. Go ahead lay it on us. Who else do you hate?
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flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: oh my word. and there it is. the arrogance of that statement i mind blowing. incredible.
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 @tobiusmaximum: you don’t see that’s also what you’re doing? Self awareness is not your strong suit. Answer the question: who else do you hate?
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 @SterlingArcher: you still haven't named one single person i've 'hated'.
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 @tobiusmaximum: answer the question you godam coward
  • 1 5
flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:56) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: who else? who in the first place?? ffs you can't answer the question. and you call me the troll??
  • 1 3
 @SterlingArcher: wow. there it is. you really are trolling hard.
  • 1 5
flag tobiusmaximum (Apr 5, 2021 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: five days i've been asking you to tell me who I'm hating. nothing. not a word. still waiting.
  • 3 0
 @tobiusmaximum: “whaaaaa nobody agrees with me so you’re all WEAK.”

Seems reasonable. If everyone thinks you’re crazy but you.... well I can’t help you but please continue to respond to me in order for you to feel better about yourself.
  • 2 5
 @SterlingArcher: still unable to even clarify your accusation? why? why is it you can't even do that? we just go round and round because you can't get to your point.
(p.s. re: everyone thinks I'm crazy lol. millions of people like the kardashians bro. popular sentiment is no assurance of sanity)

keep smashing that pathetic button.



the left: we need less hate and negativity in the world

also the left: F***ing bigott!!! (smashes dislike button)
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: u mad bro? LOL
  • 2 4
 @SterlingArcher: not at all mate. Just waiting for you to actually clarify your false claim. I’m kinda giving up though tbh. I suspect you just wanna carpet-bomb ‘you’re a hater’ on lots of people and see who accepts it.
  • 1 4
 @SterlingArcher: absolutely hilarious that you're the lefty and somehow I'm the snowflake. muppet. let me know when you're actually ready to clarify your accusation.
  • 129 10
 I wish Corey all the happiness in the world. Don't let the few people who care about what you do with your own life stop the huge majority of people that want you to live a happy and healthy life.
  • 113 7
 I'd like to say who cares, but that would be ignoring the fact that that can still be an issue in this day and age, sadly.

Anyway, the heart wants what the heart wants, so good on him Smile
  • 53 8
 I do look forward to the day where this is not news, however given how bigoted many people are we're a long way off from normalizing letting people live their lives.
  • 13 3
 @friendlyfoe: Absolutely. It'll be a good day when nobody cares about other people's sexual orientation, and I do wonder if it is somewhat contrary to that end goal to even publicize things like this, because really nobody SHOULD care one way or another. Publishing it as a news article somewhat seems to reinforce the view that this is in fact newsworthy...? Catch 22 I guess.
  • 8 1
 @Socket: Objectively if no one cared and this was a non issue it would have virtually no views or comments. Pinkbike posts plenty of stuff that only gets 10 or 20 comments. The fact that it garners this kind of a response makes me believe it's something we still need to talk about.
  • 8 0
 @friendlyfoe: I agree. For now we just need to celebrate our differences until those differences no longer matter to society. The more the better!
  • 1 3
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  • 7 1
 @friendlyfoe: I couldn't agree more. I hope for the day when people just accept others who don't think and look just like them. I'm sad to admit that I wasn't very understanding of these things in my younger years, but am very happy to have completely changed my views from back then. Becoming an accepting person has only enriched my life.
  • 91 17
 LGBTMX Mad respect!
  • 73 7
 Shred on, inspire, be inspired, repeat
  • 79 17
 Support! congrats on leading by example.

to anyone posting bible verses or otherwise finding a way to passive aggressively hate on this post, seriously... its petty AF. This isnt a "free speech" thing, its you trying to rain on some ones gay pride parade. If you aint showing love, you're showing hate.
  • 20 112
flag ahall (Mar 29, 2021 at 19:02) (Below Threshold)
 I'm looking for a soapbox.....you wouldn't happen to be stood on one, would you? Must be nice to be unquestionable.
  • 59 21
 @deepstrut "If you aint showing love, you're showing hate." Well said.
  • 6 41
flag Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub (Mar 30, 2021 at 1:48) (Below Threshold)
 Disagree, possible for christians to be nuetral
  • 20 4
 @Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub: yea, they can be neutral by sitting quietly on the side lines instead of saying "ill pray for you to change your ways".
Nothing needs changing, except for the millions of gay people who still dont feel comfortable being who they are because of fear of how they will be perceived by those around them simply for being who they are.
  • 15 5
 @brianpark: or as George Bush said, “if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

I actually think that the all or nothing expectation is ridiculous. Like gender, there is a spectrum of how people approach any issue in life. Hate is hate, but not showing hate or expressing support while being perfectly fine with someone’s choices is not hate.

Pretty stupid way to view things.
  • 7 8
 "if you ain't showing love you're showing hate " That could not be more incorrect . there is a vast area in between , such as neutrality , friendliness , kindness , respectful disagreement , acknowledgment , politeness , etc etc . none of those things have to do with love or hate .
your statement is false and misleading . it's being presented as having some kind of deep meaning when in fact it is simply not true .
  • 11 5
 It is disingenuous to say that not loving something is automatically hating it. Not true at all. I don’t love certain bikes, doesn’t mean I hate them. This ‘either / or’ and ‘with us or against us’ culture is nothing more than divisive.
  • 6 6
 @brianpark: absurd. most people lives their lives somewhere in between love and hate . The extremes of love and hate are rare . we love and hate only a select few .
we like , admire , respect , enjoy the company of , are polite to , etc. but not necessarily love .
we also , don't like , don't admire , dont respect , don't enjoy the company of and may even be rude to someone , not hat them .
His post is not well said at all . in fact it is not well thought out . ⬅️ that was a form of respectful dissent.
not love or hate .
  • 3 1
 @Sirios: Most people are so apathetic they have no concept of love and hate today.
  • 1 4
 @Mntneer: Thanks, I couldn't word it better without sounding like an ass..lol
  • 2 3
 @Sirios: well said.

I also think that @brianpark was celebrating how the comment was finished in that sentence from a poetic stand point of some sort, he is very influenceable in that topic, but I am sure if he actually stops for a second and thinks about the sentence, he will find out it is a very illogical thinking to actually believe in.
  • 2 0
 @Sirios: nobody is denying that there is a spectrum of emotion, but if with the topic at hand, being neutral would mean not saying anything at all.. if you're on here posting bible verses, you may think you're doing it out of compassion, but you're actually causing harm by demonstrating a lack of acceptance.

Picture this, your friends comes out and says they're gay. You either support them, or you dont. its really that simple. stop trying to complicate it by saying "theres a spectrum"..
  • 1 2
 @deepstrut: define ‘support them’, please.
I fall firmly in the bracket of ‘meh, okay’. Because strangely, it’s none of my business.

Also, I don’t see a queue of people lining up to fight my causes.
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: for someone who supposedly "doesnt care" you seem to be arguing about this ALOT, like you cant leave it alone. someone who is neutral doesnt normally go to these lengths to show neutrality.

c'mon just tell us how you really feel.
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: lol, you as well! Let me make it absolutely clear for you... I don’t care about what you do at the weekend, behind closed doors, I never have. I care about the persistent march of left-wing political ideology and what it means for normal people.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: it seems like he’s more sensitive about people trying to negate his perspective and make his views fit within the confines of their beliefs. Are you against personal freedom?
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: it's almost as if you are afraid to tell people how you honestly feel due to fear of backlash Wink
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: you can think what you like. you don't know me at all. people like presumptions, i could presume you're just virtue signalling. couldn't i?
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: you cant see me but im making the wanking motion with my hand
  • 1 2
 @cuban-b: whatever floats your boat sweetheart.
  • 71 11
 Fark yess!! More gays who rip please! I need a boyfriend who shreds
  • 16 5
 Surely there is no shortage of sweet Mormon boys itching to get out of the closet and send some gaps with you
  • 7 2
 @Mntneer: I got this reference. You get an upvote.
  • 59 5
 The Sinister Gay Cabal gets another one. Mwaaahahahaha Welcome to the team, Corey.
  • 11 2
 Damn, dawg! That's Inappropes...

(pam poovey)
  • 15 1
 @Dropthedebt: sploosh.
  • 17 0
 "The Sinister Gay Cabal" is a killer band name
  • 3 0
 @dkidd: yeah... and whatever my equivalent of sploosh is. Which I guess is just sploosh. Only with...
  • 45 0
 Back in my day, BMX was all about getting 9 sweaty, dirty dudes in a van, sharing a 1 bed hotel room because we had no money, and having absolutely 0 interaction with women because we rode BMX in the early 2000s which was the least cool thing possible. Now that we've aged, many of us throw on the spandex on the weekend, admire eachothers calf muscle definition, and share anti-chafing tips. You know, just real hetero he-man stuff.
  • 1 8
flag MikeGruhler (Mar 31, 2021 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 Exactly, just wait till you start discussing your wife's putting fingers in your...uhh nevermind.
  • 61 14
 Yeah buddy! Never be ashamed of who you are! Fuck the haters.
  • 56 13
 The number of downvotes on the positive vibes being sent to Corey shows how far the biking community has to go. Congrats Corey on living life on your own terms. I hope one day the rest of us can show that type of courage in something as important as this.
  • 2 15
flag MikeGruhler (Mar 31, 2021 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 I'd assume the down votes relate to people being over all the virtue signaling, not hating on gay people.
  • 47 10
 In the article he says it is crazy that he has to come out as gay from straight and I agree. He is an amazing rider and person. I know a lot of people look up to him and I am happy for him. Congrats on being yourself, we are lucky to know you.
  • 38 8
 Yeahhh Corey! Life is definitely more fulfilling when you can openly be your most authentic self. And for those who are still struggling with that; representation matters to help feel less alone. Shred on!
  • 31 5
 The sad thing I get here is that kids already know how to use bible verses as a weapon to incite violence against the gay community. And they actually feel good about themselves.
  • 28 3
 Hi Pinkbike, I know the article is about gay male cyclists - but it might have been worth contrasting with the female side of the sport - where I can think of a number of high-profile gay women in MTB alone.
Obviously some of the comments here give a suggestion as to why there are fewer "out" men in a sport that has waaaay more men in the first place, but they are probably just the tip of an iceberg of toxic masculinity and willfully ignorant religious dogma.
Anyway, the diversity and inclusion drive in cycling probably needs to formally address the social forces which prevent men from feeling they can come out, even in one of the most middle-class sports.
  • 30 6
 This comment section makes my heart hurt for those who are still closeted, and reading some of these comments....

If you are a person struggling with your sexuality....

Love is love! Sex is sex! Just do you! Who the f*ck are we to judge?!?!?! You matter, you are loved, you have allies! We got you!

Cory.... Thanks for sharing your story with us... I hope you use your voice for those who are too scared to. Keep riding and living your best life bud!

Nothing but love for any and all ???? folks ❤❤❤
  • 8 1
 ??? Was ment to say *rainbow....

PB need to update their interface for comments... it's not 2008 anymore.
  • 31 9
 As soon as I read the headline, I was feeling uncomfortable thinking about what type of hate or opposition might be expressed in the comments. Then I thought, "Nah... bikers are cool. They'll celebrate or congratulate being brave or say nothing at all, because, honestly, who cares what your sexuality is."

Major letdown.
  • 26 4
 @dhbro: quote: „It's like me saying Shimano is better than Sram which is an opinion but it is not being forced upon you“

With the big difference that you are talking about a human being here and not a product. Sigh!


Americans and their understanding of „freedom of speech“.

What if i think you are an a-hole? Can i say it openly in public = yes i can. Do i need to say it in front of others = no!

Just because you can does not mean you have to!
  • 4 0
 I think you’re confused. As I understand it, free speech in the states means that the government can’t infringe upon that right. It has nothing to do with social pressure to not be a dick.

You’re welcome.
  • 27 6
 I’m looking forward to the day when “coming out” is no longer a thing ... or explaining a transition ( not the bike) is no longer a thing... I think we as a culture/society/ civilization are getting closer especially in the last 10 or 15 years.
Best wishes to Corey ... and best to all who struggle with “ being in “ so they may “come out”
Peace
  • 11 6
 Well with the shitstorm every time Kate Weatherley just takes part in a race I think that we still have a long way to go when it comes to transgender athletes.
  • 5 0
 I look forward to the day we can all agree that 27.5 is the best tire size. Man i hope.
  • 7 13
flag conoat (Mar 31, 2021 at 3:57) (Below Threshold)
 @KalkhoffKiller: well if they would compete in the correct category, there would be no shitstorm.
  • 5 13
flag MikeGruhler (Mar 31, 2021 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 @KalkhoffKiller: because women have just started getting proper recognition and more equally rights for their abilities and then now women have to shut up and deal with a man competing against them because they "feel" like their a women. It's ridiculous, example: The fastest high-school male track star runs faster then the fastest female athletes in the World. We're not the same, not even close. Bone structure, lung capacity and so on.
  • 22 1
 For anyone looking for support for themselves or others (given how toxic this comments sections is):

www.thetrevorproject.org

Also, the Kris Fox article on DIG BMX is AMAZING. Take some time and give it a read.
  • 32 11
 Good for him. Profile in courage! ????
  • 31 7
 Note: Question marks were meant to be a big thumbs up emoji. Huge props to this gutsy dude.
  • 14 6
 Pinkbike emojis strikes again haha. But huge ups to Corey love to see it! I'm sure he'll be an inspiration to many
  • 21 4
 Corey Walsh is one of the raddest bikers ever. Stoked he has the opportunity to publicly express love and it’s a shame it is still such a big deal. Also stoked that Corey’s courage will no doubt help others feel more comfortable with who they are.
  • 23 6
 I think what a lot of the 'so what' commenters might not get is that, although they themselves might not care aboot a riders sexuality or skin color or ethnic background or etc etc.
A LOT of people do... in a big way.
The comments prove it.
An thats the thing that they are resistant against, its why this part of a riders life becomes news for everyone to see. So they can pave the way for future riders and a day we all want, well most of us anyway.. the day when this isn't news. But, we're a long ways off
"Just because you ride doesn't mean you're cool"
  • 8 4
 Sorry I forgot to say This is why a 'so what' comment can be seen just as negative as a hateful comment.
  • 10 3
 Yeah it's the same for BLM and feminism stuff.
If you're a tolerant white male that is a bit introverted, it's hard to be really aware of what's happening to other "categories of people" (particularly if you don't use/trust social media).
So don't assume that others groups are not encountering anymore discrimination, hate and so on because you likely are not aware of the extent of the issue.
I know it's 2021, but some people are still as close minded and dumb as 100 years ago.
  • 7 0
 @zede: yea it’s really no different than all
The prior that say ‘I don’t see color’ or ‘I don’t see race’. That’s great and all but pretending that everyone is the same is completely ignoring the different experiences and struggles that some groups or races have to deal with.
  • 18 1
 Props to old mate Corey. What I find weird look through the comments is all the Arab Mythology Cultists have American Flags next to the username and not some Arabic region. Weird how Arab Mythology has people by the balls. lol
  • 1 4
 @AntN: I find it funny that most people on here are hiding behind a fake screen name and/or flag while disregarding people who have any other opinion/idea then the group all while congratulating someone for being there actual self.
  • 2 0
 @MikeGruhler: a hateful opinion/idea is just that tho. If you want good culture you have to snuff those ones out. No room for hate here.
  • 17 0
 The piece on DIG BMX by Kris Fox is truly beautiful and relatable. From growing up myself as a male submerged in action sports and primarily mountain biking it's so easy to assume all your friends and peers are straight dudes with the same interest. It's not until the last few years as more professional action sport athletes feel comfortable coming out as LGBTQ+ that I realize the high probability of friends, peers and other riders who are currently navigating finding and accepting their own sexual identity. I now feel a responsibility to act with a loving and open mindset, especially within the cycling community I love so much, to facilitate an environment that is accepting so that everyone can be unapologetically themselves.

Why should my experiences as a straight bicycle rider differ any from someone with a different sexual preference? At the end of the day we are all chasing the same joy these simple two wheels provide and that is powerful and uniting. Much love to Corey, Kris and everyone apart of Corey's story that got him to this point freedom.
  • 29 9
 Brave lad. Big props. Be yourself.
  • 17 0
 Fahk, that Kris Fox piece had my eyeballs leaking. The friendship, the truth, the bonding are so incredibly admirable. Hell yea Corey. The Fast and Loose dudes are what its all about.
  • 20 4
 The picture of him under a rainbow made me laugh out loud, hunkered in my work from home bunker. We've got a long way to go but it's good to see it getting better.
  • 14 0
 Why on earth this should even be an issue that requires battling and personal stress is beyond me. We are who we are, our character makes us who we are, not who we love. I hope all the parents out there love unconditionally and I hope friends see souls, not labels.
  • 22 7
 Dude, congrats! Glad to see the mods are keeping the peace here considering the subject matter and how society sees us LGBT peeps!
  • 13 0
 As a young gay man in mountain biking this is significant to me. I'm at an age now where I can stand up with confidence of who I am, but when I was younger even recently I was not well represented in the media in general, especially not in my sports, and that makes coming out a more significant and scary process. To many people this might seem unnecessary, and we would certainly wish it was, but posts like this give queer kids representation of who they are in their communities. Somewhere out there is a kid riding the skate park that feels more comfortable about who they are because someone at the top of the sport relates to them. Fucking be gay, ride bikes, and rock on!
  • 17 1
 He used to coach my kids at BMX racing camps. Nice fellow.
  • 19 3
 Wasn’t on an ebike....all good.
  • 20 9
 Isn’t it a weird world where mainly heterosexual man still blame homosexuals for their sexuality but still are dreaming of or practicing a... sex with their female partners? I‘ve got 2 sons, 7 and 14, both grow up in such a homophobic environment so I can understand why LGBTD‘s raise there voices. Althoughi it’s 2021, there are so much prejudice. Corey, congratulations for this courage!
  • 18 4
 Its rad that he can come out and receive so much support! massive amount of respect!
  • 15 0
 One of the sickest BMX riders out there.
  • 6 0
 Just went down a rabbit hole of all of clips. Smoothness on sketchy boosts is just off the scale
  • 13 2
 DUDE this whole thread is so on brand for the mtb community. Its disgusting how conservatism has crept into this sport. There should be no hate in these comments. This man is a legend. Thankfully at least the BMX community wouldnt even think twice before embracing him. Pinkbikers - yall got a long way to go (and idc if some of you drop out of the sport for good).
  • 18 7
 Congrats, Corey. Mad respect. I dearly hope that all the people posting negative comments find the peace they are looking for. It will never come from telling other people that the way they love is wrong.
  • 11 1
 I cant understand why Corey was reticent in going public with this.......and part of this thread proves the point. I am depressed that this thread got partially and predictably hijacked but most importantly I have nothing but respect for Corey in his bravery in coming out, it can only do good for our sport and it makes you an ambassador for change in my opinion. More power to you man.
  • 13 0
 Just here to add one more supportive post for anybody struggling with their identity. Rock and fkn roll, Corey!
  • 14 0
 im excited for the day this doesn't have to be a headline.
  • 12 2
 Cycling in general is pretty masculine (despite the lycra). It's a pretty macho sport. That's major guts to come out. Good. Be yourself. We should all be ourselves.

So starting tomorrow, PANTS OFF.
  • 13 1
 I'm just here to throw all my support to those in the LGBT community. Much love. See you on the trails.
  • 8 0
 I remember at a BS contest at Scrap in Chicago, when back flip fakies were the newest vert ramp trick, after Dennis McCoy won he came to the mic and said something about how if another rider of an earlier era who was gay but not out had been the first to flip fakie if it would've been called a fruit loop. And I remember one of my friends I was there with and I exchanged eye rolls and thinking that we need to be better. Stoked we're at a point where anyone, pro rider or not, can live their truth openly, and that the views of the minority that make up the small minded folx will be met by teems of allies.
  • 20 11
 To all the water-brained homophobe cretins on this thread: Corey is way better at bikes than you'll ever be at anything. Now get f*cked.
  • 11 3
 EVERYONE please check out Kris Fox's fantastic article on DIG at digbmx.com/features/i-recently-met-corey-walsh

This is huge for BMX and Bikes in general and Im f*cking stoked for Corey!
  • 14 3
 HELL YEAH COREY!!!!! Great to see more openly LGBTQ+ riders!
  • 9 0
 This is the saddest thread, stealing a guys thunder and turning it into a hate filled debate about others personal views? Garbage
  • 8 0
 That Digbmx story was amazing digbmx.com/features/i-recently-met-corey-walsh

IG account if you want to show Corey some support that way: instagram.com/walshcorey?igshid=1w2yiw7abcxux
  • 8 0
 Good for him. Live the best life you can with whoever matters to you, stay in you're lane, nobody gives a shit about you're feelings or opinions. don't try to tell others how they should live theirs.
  • 6 0
 So sad, that this still is worth a newsentry in a cycle mag. I mean, what the hell. How does it affect a person and the one´s around them? It´s his life, his choices. Don´t get me wrong, i am happy for this huge step he has done.
  • 6 0
 Good for you, Corey. Your sexuality is your deal, and do what works for you. I think most people are going to look at your accomplishments on their own merit. Keep ripping, be you, and hopefully you inspire others to be true to themselves. I have some good friends who are ripping surfers and mtn bikers who are gay. I don't think of them as gay first, I think of them as ripping surfers and mtn bikers. And if they bring their boyfriend over for a bbq then all the better. They're my friends, and I don't care who they have sex with.
  • 9 0
 Thank you for the courage you've shown Corey, you're inspiration will be a huge help to many
  • 7 1
 Good for him... But, I for one don't think that he should be allowed to compete against straight BMXers. Science has proved that 'The Gays' have more style than hetros. Just look at how many seasons of "Queer Eye for The Straight Guy" there are. And Style is already half of Steeze...
  • 19 10
 RESPECT brother.
  • 6 2
 the people that have an issue with this just have an ego problem theirselves and need to start being real with their self! its awesome that Corey can finally move on from holding this in and its a shame to see that the community isn't being 100% supportive as its a life choice that doesn't effect you whatsoever and we as two wheel riders we are a family and need to stick together no matter the life choice they make that has zero negative effect on out sport or culture we all love so much! time to start really standing behind each other and truly be supportive of their choice!!
  • 5 0
 Corey in Drain City killing it. Guys is a legend. Who cares about a persons sexuality. Leave the legend alone and mind your own business.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hn4Nlip5yE&t=40s
  • 4 0
 Massive respect, the sad thing is despite being 2021 he still has had make such an announcement. Everyone should be free to follow their own path in life and enjoy the one time we have on earth without judgement or prejudice. Everyone deserves happiness, keep shredding!
  • 6 2
 If anyone wonders why he made this public and why it was hard for him, read some of these terrible comments. Good for him, more people should come out. F@ckem if they don't like it.
Congratulations Cory you are an inspiration
  • 10 2
 great news with a horrible comment section. welcome to the internet.
  • 15 8
 YEAH COREY ! ! ! ! Brave man !
  • 15 8
 Rad. Huge props Corey Beer
  • 9 4
 I hope it's just a few people who are responsible for all of the down votes on the supportive comments. Frankly, I can't understand how there's even *one.*
  • 3 0
 @jamiesaunders I agree, it's true and why should sportsmen and women have to fear the reaction from sponsors etc. Football is one sport where we still struggle with racists and homophones attitudes

Some comment why the need to post about it? It's a big thing.

Props and keep riding
  • 6 2
 From the 'weight' article to this one, I knew there would be no shortage of garbage takes in the comments lol. Fat, gay, christian, or not, I'll still shred with you. As long as you can learn when to keep the mouth shut. Smile
  • 7 0
 Massive respect and admiration, Corey!
  • 5 1
 Good for Corey! I'm glad he's not a part of the pinkbike community to read the bullshit in these comments, but it would be cool if he somehow could see the positive support the MTB community is showing!
  • 7 1
 matt beringer is gay? I had no idea. loved that dude growing up on bmx. neat.
  • 3 0
 When I first saw this on various instagram and BMX sites I expected to see a lot of hate but I saw little to none. But then I see this on article and the amount of hate and it is more then a bit depressing. Congrats to Corey.
  • 16 9
 Hell yeah!
  • 17 10
 Congratulations Corey!
  • 13 7
 Good for you bro, be you! Cheers Corey! Big Grin \m/
  • 16 10
 Wow, shout out Corey! You're a legend!
  • 7 1
 Love watching this guy ride. Mad respect Corey!!!
  • 5 1
 Honestly all I got to say is. Religion is a business to seperate man kind. I dont believe in any of it. All I believe is in myself. Sending positive vibes to Corey. Much 3
  • 4 2
 HELL YEAH Corey!!! Pumped for this dude! This was the best article I have read in years! BMX > MTB

@pinkbike you really need to link accounts to Facebook. This will mitigate the amount of hate people think they can preach without being held accountable.
  • 4 0
 agree and this will also remove a lot of us from some fbi list with all or sketchy 500$+ e-transfer to randos lol
  • 19 15
 I dont need to know, i dont want to know, its his private life, but good on him.
  • 6 5
 Exactly that.
  • 4 1
 You might not need to know because when you were growing up you were represented in media. Corey coming out is significant because he is representing the LGBTQ+ community for all the kids in the sport
  • 6 2
 If this is the first youre hearing of him, go watch him tear apart some tranny in Pull Back or Die! Gnarliest current rider!
  • 12 1
 Jesus dude.....phrasing!
  • 4 0
 Corey Walsh shreds! I don’t know anyone who can boost a sketch transition with more flow than him.
  • 4 0
 Heck yeah Corey! Great to see more people in the bike world living their truth.
  • 7 2
 Congrats! I agree that it shouldn't matter, sucks that it still does.
  • 2 0
 I wonder how it must feel to share something so personal to the masses. Freeing, I hope. What must it be like to feel the need to share it?

Good on you, Cory. Fly free, mate!
  • 4 0
 Congrats to Corey! I'm sure theres less stress being able to just openly be himself now
  • 7 2
 ♥️ Awesome story. Awesome rider. ????
  • 3 0
 Very happy for him, but I'm also sad that in 2021 we have to be. I don't understand what someone's sexuality has to do with anyone other than that person.
  • 11 7
 Hell yeah Bro.....do you.
  • 9 5
 Good for him, huge props for coming out!
  • 8 4
 Corey!! keep ripping on the bike and at life!!!!
  • 6 5
 I honestly didn't realise it was an issue in cycling sports, but congratulations on your courage. I just hope all in cycling sports can be accepting of others. Even accepting of hikers and ebike riders.
  • 8 3
 Props! Congrats!
  • 8 6
 On one hand, it sucks we live in a world where someone would be afraid to be their true selves. But on the other, it's friggin awesome because we have Corey!
  • 7 2
 Props!
  • 9 4
 Good for him!
  • 8 3
 Well done Corey
  • 5 2
 The guy is still a beast on a bike... The rest doesn't really matter to me..
  • 5 2
 Awesome to be open about ones self. As long as u aren’t harming others you be you! Ignore the haters!
  • 8 4
 This comment section is what is wrong with the Mountian biking.
  • 9 5
 The fact that this is a news is nuts. It shouldn't be. All humans
  • 5 1
 It's news because the LGBTQ+ community is so poorly represented in professional cycling. As a gay man Iwish that Corey's public coming out didn't have to be industry news, but somewhere out there is a kid riding bikes that is more comfortable with who they are after seeing themselves represented in the sport.
  • 3 0
 I don't give a fuck what you are or where your from, your just another human to me.
  • 3 3
 I find it sad that this is even a story in 2021. The guy is an athlete and super talented at what he does. The rest doesn’t matter, especially is sexuality. Surely in 2021 we are at the point where no one really cares what someone’s sexuality is, it all about their talent and ability
  • 9 0
 Surely? No we are not at that point yet.
  • 9 6
 I'd love to get Aaron Gwin's thoughts on this, just to get him out in the open Smile
  • 7 1
 If he’s gay then it’s his choice to tell the world or not, not yours!
  • 5 4
 Who cares lol?
  • 2 1
 Ag is married to a woman so...
  • 4 3
 @jrocksdh @korev @DylanH93 I'm not commenting on AG's sexuality.
  • 1 0
 good call.
  • 1 0
 @DGWW: what's your point here? Really doubt Gwin is secretly gay lmao. And even if he was, who cares.
  • 4 1
 I'm not commenting on Gwin's sexuality. all about JC
  • 4 0
 Been a huge fan of Corey's riding for a while. Wish him all the best!
  • 4 4
 Say I carved a pentagram into the floor with black lit candles at each point, I then had all you bible thumpers stand in it whilst I unleashed a powerful sigil in reverence to all of our ancestors, and the room started shaking, this would also be done with love, just saying.
  • 3 0
 We need more people like Corey in this old bicycle world: Brave and authentic
  • 1 0
 If this comments section proves one thing it’s this- there needs to be an easier way to remove yourself from getting updates whenever people add a comment to a thread you have previously commented on.
  • 1 0
 Me and a friend started a LGBT MTB Strava club. Mountain biking seems to be far behind other sports in LGBT awareness. If you mountain bike, feel free to join.

www.strava.com/clubs/lgbtmtb
  • 14 10
 Congrats!!!
  • 11 8
 Props Corey. Stoked for you!
  • 3 1
 im not bothered who see who, what they get up to with thier bodies etc. but i agree with him why everything has a label
  • 6 3
 One of my favorite riders for sure
  • 3 0
 Live your life ! No hate , only love !
  • 2 0
 Hello Greg I'm here standing here reporting from the comment section in which it appears a shit storm has developed
  • 6 2
 respect!!
  • 8 5
 I'm not gay but my boyfriend is.
  • 4 0
 right on bro!
  • 2 3
 The comments here are pitiful for a couple reasons:

1: people talking actual shit about the subject of the article. Thankfully these people are getting downvoted.

2: blatantly anti-religious hate speech by a few people, which is then ignored by people like @mikekazimer , who pointed out the etiquette rules of the site. These rules are clearly not evenly applied.

Meeting hate with hate isn’t a good tactic. So responding to ignorant blanket statements with more of the same will only further divide us.
  • 2 3
 you won't get the mods to care about that. they don't. they seem committed to the idea that you can't be sexist to men, you can't be racist to white people.. and now you can't be bigoted towards Christians.
  • 1 3
 Still no response from @mikekazimer who stated “blatantly disrespectful comments of any type aren't allowed”, right before a giant multi-paragraph anti-religious hate rant was posted.... that ridiculous hate speech still stands. Pinkbike seems to be ok with certain types of hate speech.
  • 1 2
 Anyone downvoting this is part of the problem in the world today. My message: don’t meet hate with hate. Somehow that gets downvoted. People are clearly selective in what hate they’re ok with. Bunch of sheep on this site.
  • 1 1
 Finally deleted. Thank you. We need less hate in these comment sections.
  • 2 0
 Well I see not everyone has joined us in the 21st century. Thanks to Corey and those showing support.
  • 26 24
 Go figure all the complaining is coming from US flag posters
  • 1 6
flag DDoc (Mar 30, 2021 at 18:42) (Below Threshold)
 That's right, we all alike, just like all Canadians say "eh".
  • 3 1
 @DDoc: we all know its not all of you but bro but I went to college in the sothern states after growing up in BC... the US takes a good chunk of cake when it comes to prejudice and bigotry.
  • 1 1
 @dinosaurmonkey: thankfully we are all perfectly pure Canadians, and we can look down on other groups of people and make huge generalizations about them because we are without fault, right?
  • 4 1
 @TypicalCanadian: never said we were all perfectly pure now did I. What I did state was that living in the sothern states there is significantly more prejudice than where I grew up, thats a fact not a genrelization. And yes I look down on bigotry and prejudice, i am better than that... are you?
  • 1 3
 @dinosaurmonkey: I’m better than making blanket general statements about large populations (or entire countries) based off of little personal experience. We have a “good chunk of cake” to work on here, casting blame elsewhere does nothing but make us look self righteous.
  • 4 0
 @TypicalCanadian: you seem to miss the fact that I said in both comments Southern States and that I lived there, Great rhetoric.
  • 3 1
 This is awesome. Chapau Corey
  • 3 0
 Good lad
  • 1 1
 Hey bro, you ride Today? Nah man, I mostly just hit refresh on the comments on this Pinkbike article with a ton of downvotes.
  • 10 8
 Corey call me!
  • 3 6
 Why is this even news these days.... I could care less what a riders sexual orientation is... it’s life just make sure you share your genitalia with other people! haha! Can the next CW post be more massive wall rides please! Also a general apology to anyone in the bike world who is gay and feels it’s not accepted...
  • 5 1
 I was going to say the same thing. Good for him being who he is and sharing this with the public. What he does in his personal life is for him to decide. Seeing all the comments has helped me understand why he was brave in coming out publicly. Kudos for doing that and humbling me a little bit in the process. I didn't realize the persecution he likely still faces. Hopefully the world will get to a point where I thought it already was, that this isn't news. Until then, high fives to Corey for being a leader.
  • 4 5
 Right on wish you didn’t feel the need to share your private life, but your bravery is forging a more understanding and compassionate future for one and all.
Thanks
  • 14 0
 @tokyo-bakka Its important to understand that this isn't about HIM this is about helping other people. He doesn't "feel the need" to share his private life. He understands that there is a dire need for lives like his to be shared in order to prevent future harm to others. This is much more a selfless act than you realize.
  • 1 15
flag castbreeder (Mar 31, 2021 at 4:05) (Below Threshold)
 @DGWW: because, we are all afraid of homophobes on bikes ??? Or only hostile thing on trails are people which want to expel bikers? Even to them sexual orientation is completely irrelevant.

This is only self centered, attention seeking virtue signalling. Any of us really shouldn't care about others sexual orientation, especially on sites like this.
  • 8 0
 @castbreeder: I will take your comment to mean "I don't know any gay people, or am not close enough to them to understand what its like" There is a perspective here which you don't understand.
  • 5 0
 @castbreeder: you clearly don't personally know a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This is not a self centered post, but a really brave step to be a representative of queer people in cycling. Somewhere out there is a kid riding bikes that feels more comfortable about who they are because they see themselves represented in their sport.

It would be great if this wasn't necessary, but comments like yours prove that we aren't quite there yet
  • 2 3
 @DGWW: just to clear the written word here, what I meant when I wrote “Right on wish you didn’t feel the need to share your private life” was that I wish society was more accepting and compassionate of all people. Please note I started with “Right on”. Also I finish with “but your bravery (for sharing) is forging a more understanding and compassionate future for one and all Thanks”
Surely you can read that I am applauding the young mans brvery? Please read carefully before jumping on someone have some please love and understanding that’s surely what we all should be striving for! Thanks
  • 1 1
 @tokyo-bakka: Gotcha, that first part is what drew the ire.
  • 1 3
 Why is this news??? I could give a shit less what anyone's sexual preference is! So long as no one's being disrespected in anyway, What has that got to do with riding bikes???
  • 1 0
 If Corey got $1 per comment, he would be rich I tell you! Lots of moneyz!!
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike, you guys should get him a Pink Bike!
  • 10 9
 ????
  • 7 7
 Massive respect fella. Keep shredding!
  • 3 3
 Is this a YouTube comment section? Everyone shut the f*ck up already
  • 1 0
 Waves the Welsh Flag
  • 10 10
 hell yes
  • 9 9
 What a great role model.
  • 3 23
flag castbreeder (Mar 31, 2021 at 3:35) (Below Threshold)
 ... or attention w$$$e?
  • 4 5
 What's the big deal, I've been riding a 29er for years.
  • 7 8
 Heavy. Big respect.
  • 14 16
 DONT CARE! Just ride and enjoy. PinkBike N@zi's going to down vote
  • 13 16
 well, now maybe Kaz and Levy can feel more comfortable letting us all know their status!
  • 4 4
 comedy is not dead...yet.
  • 1 2
 Nobody cares
  • 20 23
 Thats great. Dont really care about people's sexual preferences.
  • 9 1
 You might not care and that's 100% all right, this post really isnt for you. Public figures don't come out as gay for shits and giggles.

This post is for the kids that don't see themselves represented in the sport, and to give them confidence that their sexuality won't be a barrier to entry to the cycling community.
  • 2 4
 asdf
  • 3 6
 so do yall consider yourselves to be open minded people?
  • 1 3
 Gross
  • 16 19
 I am a Christian.
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