Professional poker player Jason SomervilleÂ came out of the closet yesterdayÂ on his blog. In a year full of celebrities coming out, it’s great to see one who is a professional poker player. Guess I won’t play strip poker with him:
Iâve struggled with how to discuss this, with how to balance my desire for privacy with the fact that I do want to be myself publicly â and the fact that I think itâs overdue for a guy to be open about it in poker. Iâm no Daniel Negreanu, the royalty of real talk, but I do pride myself on saying what I think and simply being who I am; but I suppose you could say in the past being âtruly myselfâ has come with a bit of an asterisk. Privately, amongst friends, I can say Iâve been doing that for some amount of time â but publicly, and in poker, that hasnât completely been the case. I havenât exactly always been where I am now, though, and havenât really been ready to share my story publicly. Privacy reasons excepted, that wonât be the case any more.