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:
Iâ€™ve 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 itâ€™s overdue for a guy to be open about it in poker. Iâ€™m 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 â€śtruly myselfâ€ť has come with a bit of an asterisk. Privately, amongst friends, I can say Iâ€™ve been doing that for some amount of time â€“ but publicly, and in poker, that hasnâ€™t completely been the case. I havenâ€™t exactly always been where I am now, though, and havenâ€™t really been ready to share my story publicly. Privacy reasons excepted, that wonâ€™t be the case any more.