Kansas State Football Player Comes Out [VIDEO]

ESPN reports:

Asked to divulge a personal secret during an offseason team-building exercise last year, Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz told his Wildcats teammates that he is gay.

“I came out to my teammates, and I’ve never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that,” Frantz told ESPN’s Holly Rowe on Wednesday. “And ever since then it’s been great. I’ve grown so much closer to my teammates since. So it’s been an amazing experience.”

More from Bleacher Report:

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder also discussed how the entire team embraced Frantz: “I was quite comfortable that they would be very receptive and that they would treat him as they always said as, you know, his teammate and someone that they cared about. And they did.”

The Lawrence, Kansas, native started 13 games for the Wildcats last season, and he is expected to start at left tackle during his sophomore campaign. Per ESPN, Frantz and Arizona freshman defensive end My-King Johnson are the only two openly gay players in major college football.

Frantz’s decision to come out publicly came less than a month after former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan announced that he is gay

Frantz appears to retweet a lot of right wingers, so it seems likely he’s a homocon.
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  • bkmn

    This is what scares the profe$$ional evangelicals. The tide has already turned and the days of raking in money off of demonizing teh gehz is almost over.

    • Reality.Bites

      And as much as they try to demonize Trans people it doesn’t work as well since most of their fleecelings have never knowingly seen or met a Trans person.

    • FAEN

      It’s pathetic though when any LGBT person supports/votes for the same party the professional evangelical grifters do.

      • pch1013

        Some day very soon he will have to choose between his sexuality and his political orientation.

      • marshlc

        He’s young, probably still parroting the politics he was brought up with. College, if he ever gets off the football field, will most likely take care of that.

        • FAEN

          I hope so. I really do.

    • another_steve

      Exactly. The days of making tons of money via the spewing of gay hate are coming to an end.

      American theofascists will be turning increasingly to the abortion issue. There’s quite a bit of internal conflict on the part of a lot of people on the issue of right-to-choose.

      Easy to lose track of that when you’re immersed in the progressive blogosphere, but there are more progressives than we think who have reservations concerning the issue.

    • Ninja0980

      As shown by Focus On The Family and their newest groups, they will still bleed every last dollar they can.

    • fuow

      Oh, I wouldn’t be so sure. Now that the election data is in, we know millennials are awful at voter turnout whereas the mother-fucking christers are outstanding at it.
      I’d say we’re in deep-deep do-do and this isn’t the last gasp of a dying monster, it’s the second-wind.

  • fastlanestranger

    U go boy!

  • Ninja0980

    Him being a homocon aside, still a very brave thing to do, especially in the sport and area he’s playing in.

    • clay

      Good news from Ryan O’Callaghan’s time in Kansas City is that the sport and the area don’t have to be terrifying.

      • KCMC

        Michael Sam, Mizzou.

        • clay

          . . . mostly had trouble when he left, yep.

  • PickyPecker

    Scott, here’s hoping you find the freedom from the closet as breathtaking as possible. Good luck to you in your life as YOU!
    http://www.gifstop.com/images/welcome/welcome017.gif

    • FAEN

      You’re a kinder person than me matey. Or maybe I’m just in a pissy mood today.

      • Todd20036

        Nothing wrong with water sports.

        • FAEN

          HA! Never got into it but whatever floats everyone’s boat 😊

    • Robincho

      Another homocon? I welcome him as I would welcome any Milo or Drudge, which is to say not at all…

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      • jayjonson

        Well, he is from Kansas, and a football player to boot. You can imagine the kind of education he has received. (Which is to say, indoctrination.) Maybe he will get smarter and actually pay attention in the future.

        • JIM W

          He is from Lawrence, Kansas, which is the only Liberal bastion we have in this deep red state. That said, the comment about his re-tweets points to him being a homocon. Most Kansans grow up in Resumglican homes, but by the time they leave college, they have left the party. Most can’t make the leap to Dem, but they go Independent. Time will tell with this one. Kansas State Univ. has had a very active and influential LGBT student organization since the 80’s. But by and large the university is conservative. Why else would it be called “Silo Tech”.

          • Paul

            What about Wichita?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • FAEN

      πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

      Have I ever demonstrated how much I really hate homocons because I really despise those traitorous Vichy collaborators.

      If it were up to me I’d kick their pathetic homocon asses out of progressive cities and states and make them live in rural Alabama or Mississippi-see how they enjoy living there.

    • JCF

      Ahem, do we know what KIND of baptism? I know most of y’all don’t believe in the supernatural thing, but it COULD just be water. (Unless you KNOW it’s Fundagelical yahoos)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sigh, a Homocon larvae, tragic.

    • TK

      “Guys, I’m gay. But don’t worry. I’m still a bro! I hate those fucking libtards, love Regan and Jesus is still the man I love the most.”

      • m_lp_ql_m

        “.. and guns! Yes, I still love guns!”

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Pretty much.

    • Boreal

      Larvae is an appropriate term.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        I like to think so. He’s still young and, perhaps, he will still have time to evolve into a Fabulous Butterfly instead of a drab, ever so boring conservative moth.

        • Jeffg166

          I’d guess he was recruited, indoctrinated, and brain washed from birth into a radical right mind set. This might be the beginning of his ability to think for himself. As you say he is young. He can grow.

      • Shy Guy

        Without wishing to be the grammar nazi, larva is the appropriate term. Larvae is the plural.

    • Nax

      I wasn’t quite a homocon, but I would be very embarrassed if you quoted me my college sophomore pronouncements. For someone as young as him, I’d pile on the honey. There’s still plenty of time.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      He is young enough to be forgiven.. he still has to live there in that world.

    • robindaybird

      He’s young enough that he might get a wake up call that the right are not his friends.

  • shellback

    Personally, I wouldn’t put too much weight in the RWNJ contacts right away. It may have been used for cover. When no cover is needed, he may drop them like the useless pieces of shit they are. But that’s just my feeling.

    • FAEN

      We’ll see.

    • Cuberly

      He’s young, we’ll see.

      • FAEN

        I hope he sees the light but when religion and conservatism is that ingrained in you it’s hard to break away.

        • shellback

          Many of us did it, and never looked back.

          • FAEN

            I’m glad you did matey. πŸ––πŸΌ

          • Cuberly

            True. To be honest I’m not that down on homocons. It’s some of their actions I have a prob with.

          • m_lp_ql_m

            “Love the homocon, hate the conservativism.”

          • Cuberly

            Ha! As long as I can engage in some sort of debate with them where it doesn’t turn into unfounded talking points, I spose so.

          • Steverino

            I don’t have a problem with conservative gays, either. What I have a problem with are conservative gays who don’t give credit where credit is due to the people who paved the way for them to come out and have access to equal rights: gay and straight liberals, but give a pass to, and even support uncritically those who would turn back that cultural acceptance and rescind those equal rights: straight conservatives.

            That is why when they pile on with the liberal-bashing, I call it “biting the hands that freed them.” Any other issue may be fair game, but not this one.

          • Cuberly

            I have a few very conservative gay and lesbian friends that will forever rant about their taxes going to pay for the undeserving and how they pay too much yada yada yada….they’re more the libertarian/reagan variety. But, when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, they tell me they can’t vote for today’s GOP.

      • iambu

        Ditto. I was a libertarian* for like the first year and a half of college. There’s certainly hope.

        *With a pretty embarrassing misunderstanding of what that ideology actually entailed, of course.

        • Cuberly

          The first time I voted I voted for……….(deep breath) Reagan. It’s nothing I’m proud about, not in the slightest. I was young and had just entered college. I was very very conservative and very naive.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Cuberly

    Holy Crap! His twitter feed….YIKES!

    • PickyPecker

      Scary, eh?

    • Michael R

      Do we need a gay Ted Nugent ?

      • Cuberly

        Heh…

      • Christopher

        NOBODY needs a gay Ted Nugent!

        EVER! Like in the history of ever.

        Ugh! Just the thought makes my skin crawl!

        Thank you SO much for that! I’m off to take a Silkwood shower.

    • William

      Perhaps a visit to the real world will reshape his views.

  • FAEN

    Like we need more fucking homocons!

  • PickyPecker

    Wait….there’s someone named ‘My-King?’

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Some names, I think people ought to be able to sue their parents for emotional damages.

      • PickyPecker

        I’ve started to feel sorry for educators that have to look at lists and do pronunciations on some of these ‘creative’ names. lol

        • That_Looks_Delicious
          • PickyPecker

            BRING BACK REAGANBOOK!!

          • JCF

            Now why—and it ain’t that ^ guy—am I suddenly hunnnngry? πŸ˜‰

        • FAEN

          I went to college with a girl named Shatheed except-and I kid you not-her parents spelled it Shithead. Why would you do that to your kid?

          • PickyPecker

            Worst I had in my class was Bambie Buck.

          • William

            A high school friend’s mother was Rose Bush.

          • FAEN

            My partners colleague was Snow White.

          • Christopher

            In elementary school I knew a Candace Cane.

            She was one of the popular kids all the way up into Jr. High. Don’t know what happened to her after that. She always seemed nice.

            But I bet she’s still popular.

          • clay

            I had a college friend with the initials KKK. Though she was in a professional track, she was determined to change her name upon marriage, to a man whose family name did not start with a K. Super-scary– her dad was a prison guard.

          • FAEN

            Bambie Buck is pretty bad and sounds like a drag queen/porn star. That being said I would take Bambie over Shit head lol.

        • Duck

          I know an Esoterica

          • FAEN

            Oy!

        • Christopher

          Take it away Key & Peele…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw

          • peterparker

            When I was in grad school, I had an internship in a nonprofit where one of the employees was named Ida Ho. I kid you not.

            It was at that same nonprofit where I met a donor named Harry Herpes. Again, I kid you not.

      • Christopher

        I think it was Loni Love who once joked “You know it’s only a matter of time before someone names their kid Taliban, because they like the sound of it.”

  • Henry Auvil

    If every scared closeted dude or girl knew that when they came out, 90% of their family and acquaintances would say, “OMG! I love you even more now! Thanks for sharing,” the gay population would mushroom.

    • FAEN

      Unfortunately with the laws the way they are we can get married on Saturday and be fired on Tuesday.

    • clay

      Unfortunately, I don’t think they can know that until after they come out.

  • Blake J Butler

    First i was kind of happy and then scrolled down like, ok aren’t these Reagan worshipers total homophobes and hate the gays, then again in the days of pedophile Milo, hag Jenner, and homocons that celebrate marriage rights, but don’t give credit to the people they are due to, and instead worshipping at the altar of the very man whose refusal to act when the AIDS crisis was in full swing.

    At least bed a democrat for conversion, the only kind of conversion therapy i support is to become an ass man.

  • TK

    Fuck this messy bitch. That twitter is repulsive and he’s twisted.

    • FAEN

      He’s either ignorant which can be fixed or willfully ignorant which is 50/50 at best.

      • Ken M

        He’s also gay, no going back there. Might be decent to see him for that. How would you handle things if you were born and raised in Kansas?

        • FAEN

          You bring up a good point but my partner who grew up in an evangelical rural home never bought into the BS. I understand that everyone is different but still…gay republicans just piss me off.

        • clay

          Having been “born and raised in Kansas” he sounds sorta like the kind of out gay frat jock douche-bag who gets arrested for sexually assaulting pledges. I do hope I’m wrong about that and his sexuality is not predicated on hurting people or on despising femininity.

    • edrex

      closed head injuries.

  • JCF

    Take 2: may it go better for you than it did for Michael Sam. Welcome out, Scott.

    Homocon? Sigh. Well, you’re young. I hope you learn LOTS better!

    • Blake J Butler

      First in everything always have to deal with the impact shit. He kissed his boyfriend and the homophobes that watch football got their jockstraps up their ass about their kids seeing two men kiss.

      Like there isn’t anything more gay than men going around on a field tackling each other in homoerotic positions.

      This guy will have blow back, but i doubt it will be as much as the ones Sam received. He’s also white and presumably conservative that we know of, which may add in his favor these days.

  • j.martindale

    Glad he has teammates that accept him. If his politics is what I am reading here, I sure as hell want nothing to do with him. His politics hurts other gay people. It is irresponsible and self-centered.

    • PickyPecker

      I agree re: his politics and the effects of such. However, he has already proven that he can take a step forward. Coming from my own background of coming out, I believe everyone deserves some sort of a shot at a chance…especially at his young age. His newfound ‘life’ can and will have things to teach him which may temper much of who he thinks he is now.

      • iambu

        Hear, hear!

  • boobert

    It amazes me how gay republicans can support a party who’s platform is against their own self interests. Is tim tebow gay yet? lol

    • FAEN

      Was listening to NPR yesterday and that homocon POS Paris Dennard had my blood pressure through the roof.

      Black gay republican. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

      • Ninja0980

        My cousin’s former friend is married to one.
        Can’t understand how you’d be a part of a party that would oppose the marriage he’s in whether he was straight or gay to start with and will certainly oppose it when it’s the latter.

        • FAEN

          Right? That wouldn’t work for me at all.

  • HZ81

    Welcome, Scott!

    • FAEN

      He’s a homocon though.

      • HZ81

        Whaaa?

        God damn it. Well, someone best learn him how his party treats him .

        • FAEN

          You know how much the homocons love to think their party will support them. Amazing how they justify their BS.

          • Ninja0980

            Even if they don’t, they’ll come up with excuses like my cousin’s former friend still does on why it’s okay to be a homocon.
            All are BS.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    R.I.P. Oppressive Religion.

  • barrixines

    Welcome young man.

    I don’t want to read his Twitter. Sounds like he has a very conservative religious background. That he has already made it this far on his journey to own who is with pride makes him a hero in the light of those kind of values. Hopefully this is just one of many steps for him.

    • BockMcMillan

      I totally agree, hopefully he gets treated with the acceptance and respect he deserves among the people he chooses to associate with. And if not, that he realizes it and moves on before he is too badly hurt.

  • olandp

    He is young, there is a chance he will change (from being a homocon).

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/885607278224830465

    • safari

      My liver would thank me.

      • Steverino

        My liver would thank me too, but I don’t have the heart or stomach to do that.

      • johncAtl

        Mine would thank everyone here. But I’m sitting at the bar at Carrabbas so back to my J. Lohr Cabernet.

        • Steverino

          Enjoy! Hubby and I used to be J. Lohr wine club members, but cancelled our membership when we moved from San Jose to Sonoma County. Just too far to drive to pick up the quarterly shipments, as having wine shipments delivered by mail or courier is a hassle.

    • Hank

      I’ll “smoke” to that!!!

    • Hunter M

      I’m certainly not going to be giving up drinking while he’s still president!

      • Kruhn

        I don’t think I’ve had a drink since the Ascension of His Cheetohness. Just not much of a drinker.

    • unsavedheathen

      Never drink? For that I want a public hanging on the steps of the capitol.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Talking of homocons : Looks like Milo Yiannopoulos’ book has met ‘low book sales’. And he is, of course, lying about it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/13/milo-yiannopoulos-labels-low-sales-figures-of-dangerous-memoir-fake-news

    • barrixines

      I was wondering about that. I looked around for reviews in the news. Aside from Buzzfeed and some loony rightwing publications there isn’t much noise about it. Breaks your heart doesn’t it?

    • safari

      I haven’t read the articles, but there is some discussion today that he’s being funded by the Mercers.

      • Ninja0980

        The daughter is even more twisted then the dad if you can imagine.

        • Cuberly

          Yeah I guess she was the biggest contributor to Ted Lizardman Cruz’ run.

      • barrixines

        The couple of reviews I read said basically what I thought. Milo’s USP was being Queen Troll. Now America has elected King Troll as President what’s so special about Missy?

        • pch1013

          Same problem Ann Coulter has been having. Everyone else is so much more outrageous than she is now.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Yep. The Mercers are major funders of both Milo Yappiedapapuss and Ann Coulter.

      • Cuberly

        They’re the ones that helped fund his appearances at colleges.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        What I don’t get is why they love him so much to the point of actually throwing some money at him.

    • Cuberly

      …and how many of those “sales” are just his favorite patrons, the Mercers, stockpiling them.

    • barrixines

      Oh dear – he’s sold a grand total of 157 copies of the book in the UK. I’m not surprised really when there’s a Milo holding court in every provincial gay bar in Britain.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ninja0980

      Both are wearing too many clothes for my liking.

      • PickyPecker

        So, there’ll be something coming out on Blu-Ray HD soon?

      • Todd20036

        I’ve trained you well grasshopper…

        • Acronym Jim

          WHAT?!!! When did you and Ninja hook up? I want details, man.

          Edit: Dammit! You had to edit out the typo, didn’t you. You’re no fun. Okay, that last sentence might not be true, but still…

        • Ninja0980

          Ask the hubby, I’m a perv at times.

    • barrixines

      How terrible to have your photo taken when your titty has fallen out of your T-shirt. You think someone would have told the poor man. I would imagine he’s ever so embarrassed.

      • AJ Drew

        Worse is that the nip-slip is scrunching up what looks to be a Tom of FInland graphic on his shirt.

    • FAEN

      Uh Mr man better back away from my Brian STAT!

    • Jeffg166

      Steve is surprised Brian remembers him. I’m sure Brian has thought about him more then once. They make a nice looking couple.

  • Gigi

    Coming out: Congratulations!
    Homocon: Why?

    • johncAtl

      The culture of being a jock?

      • edrex

        and living in Kansas. And attending a conservative state college. and i’m guessing from an xtianist family (given the photo on his twitter page).

        • KCMC

          Actually, K State was just this week scored somewhere in top 20 most LGTB welcoming campuses in country.

          • edrex

            how nice to know. thanks.

      • FAEN

        Brian Simms(sigh) was a jock.

        • johncAtl

          There are some decent ones – gay and straight.

          • FAEN

            Absolutely.

  • Boreal

    Welcome to the family, Scott.

    • PickyPecker

      He’s saddled with religion and the GOP for the time being…..read downthread. He’s young. Hopefully he will change with experience.

      • Boreal

        Just saw that.

        • iambu

          I say welcomes are appropriate anyway. Everyone should be able to come out, even if they worship Reagan and pray for the Rapture. Regardless of age people can still evolve.

          • Boreal

            Yeah, if he supports those who consider us second class citizens while enjoying the rights won by progressives, I tend be unsympathetic.

          • David Milley

            I tend to view publicly coming out as a first act — to extend welcome and hold back my judgments. Frantz’ coming out story shows a fair amount of recent self-reflection and concern for others. I’m hopeful that he’s finding his way to more humanitarian political positions and will prove himself to be a real asset to our community.

            And, if he turns out to be another Jenner, burning through all that goodwill, I’ll be glad to join in delivering judgments then, like a rain of hammers.

  • thom

    OT:// BREAKING! GREAT NEWS!

    Hartzler’s amendment FAILS in a razor-thin vote

    “House defeats amendment that would have blocked medical spending related to trans servicemembers.”
    https://t.co/nf7RKVtGu1

    • Ninja0980

      Hartzler is easily among the most bigoted GOPers today.
      Glad to see her suffer a defeat.

      • thom

        Apparently Mathis personally called her to ask her to withdraw the amendment. She didn’t

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Is that Vicky Hartzler from Missouri?

      • thom

        Yes

    • netxtown

      Her homestate. The pic. She meets all the requirements. Xtian Xunt.

  • Ken M

    He has spent his life to date being labeled. Is it really right for his own/new community to label him again? He can grow out of being what some think is a homocon, he can never take back his announcement that he is gay. He deserves praise for his courage not labels for his past.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Someone who votes against my rights, peer pressure, ignorance, or whatever, gets labeled, correctly and deservedly so, a homocon.

      • Ken M

        You forgot the most important thing about him…HE’S GAY, and they’re not “your rights”, they get shared by the community. He’s now a member of that community. He also mentioned in the video that he hopes teens will see his coming out as a good thing, and possibly deter them from getting to the point of possibly killing themselves. Sounds like he’s on the correct side of the tracks to me. How do you label Caitlyn Jenner?

        • m_lp_ql_m

          I donno… a ‘transcon’?

          Frantz votes against his own rights too, not just mine, as does Caitlyn. They’re both conservatives, one’s a homocon. I’m calling him what he is.

          • Ken M

            Your judgement calls won’t help in attempting to alter his opinions. You’re as much of an extremist as those you want to turn him from. Were you born and raised in Kansas, or somewhere like it? Just wondering.

          • Ninja0980

            My relatives are and I can tell you that if he continues to support the Republican party there and on a national level, then he needs to shut up about how he cares about LGBT youth, who are the top targets of Republican bigots.

          • Ken M

            I hope he goes away to college too. Just a few little (scarey) facts about Kansas. All but 1 county in the entire state voted for Trump. They have a Pride in Wichita, this year it drew 100s, Topeka has a park picnic for 6 hours. This isn’t a state where being in the closet, much less coming out is easy. Add to that being a FB player etc. I think you get my point. Try reading his story at Outsports.com. As for his party affiliation, not all Republicans are far right/bigots.

          • thepinkservbot

            None of these stances are exclusionary. We can celebrate Frantz’ coming out, hope for him to feel safe and loved, and appreciate it as a further Sign O’ The Times re: gay acceptance…

            …AND we can hold him accountable for his support of the exact same individuals who are responsible for Frantz’ orientation even being of note to begin with…

            …AND we can even appreciate that dude’s a kid fresh out of Shitburg, Kansas, and not the devil.

          • Ken M

            Why does it seem almost scary to respond with an AMEN : )

          • Hanwi

            FUCK you and fuck your use of the word AMEN

        • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

          Though I agree with your general sentiment I feel like I should take issue with you about what rights belong to whom. Rights may be shared by a community. But when a member of any community works towards seeing those rights diminished towards another community it does become personal. My freedom to marry (my personal choice) has been denied for decades by others who’ve made a “community” choice. Since many of these rights come with responsibilities conferred upon by the government to all of us, these become “my” rights that are in jeopardy.

        • Boreal

          Rights gained for him by progressives, not conservatives.

          • FAEN

            Thank you!

      • John30013

        We don’t know how he votes, or whether he even votes at all. His tweets could be “cover” for his sexuality, or they could be an accurate reflection of this political beliefs. In any case, he’s young and now that he’s out his perspective on politics might change. (Or maybe not.) I’m not going to make any suppositions.

    • Boreal

      It doesn’t appear to be his past:

      “Frantz appears to retweet a lot of right wingers, so it seems likely he’s a homocon.”

      • Ken M

        What’s Caitlyn Jenner?

        • AJ Drew

          A jerk! They exist in all socio-demographic varieties.

          • Ken M

            I needed that..thanks

        • Boreal

          What is a a fame mongering, kapo whore who doesn’t represent trans people for $5000?

    • clay

      “he can never take back his announcement that he is gay.”

      Clearly you and I have been listening to different televangelists.

      • Ken M

        Do you truly believe that he will “convert” back to what Kansas thinks he should be? Would he be believed even if he tried?

        • clay

          If he’s misogynist enough, yeah, enough people in Kansas would be just fine with that. “He wasn’t really gay; he just hates women.”

          • Ken M

            LOL..back door talk for “he’s gay, we just want to keep it under wraps.” The people will never believe him entirely. It’ sad, but unfortunately true. Gratefully, many more from his generation are sticking to their guns, a trend which I hope is far more than just that.

    • j.martindale

      “Gay” is not simply about f*cking someone of the same gender. When this man child realizes that, and has empathy for other people who are gay who need legal protections, I will celebrate his epiphany. In the meantime, he is just another same sex f*cker.

      • Ken M

        He hopes that kids will see his story and opt away from depression, or worse, suicide. I’d say that’s caring for his own. How did you define gay when you came out. I’ve been out for almost 40yrs, we didn’t have empathy then, or the internet, we had sex, lots and lots of sex. The 80s taught many lessons, as well as nearly destroying us. Have times changed, yes; all for the better, some of us are still debating that. Is there more to being gay than having sex, yes; do we have to go to Pride parades our first year out to prove ourselves, no.

        • clay

          How did I define gay when I came out? By who I fell in love with, not who I was having sex with.

          And your statement about attending Pride parade(s) as a way to prove ourselves is bizarrely off target.

          • Ken M

            Quick questions..when and where dd you come out. Considering the reaction he’s getting, how would you suggest he goes about coming to terms with his decision?

          • clay

            From the article, his coming out hasn’t been a problematic decision. I came out in Kansas in the ’80s, not that it’s any of your business. Seems like just another two attempts at deflection from a potentially better groomed troll.

          • Ken M

            Thanks for your opinion. If you read some other comments here, it is his own new community that is judging him. I came out in NY, same time period, but 2 quite different worlds. I’m not trying to deflect, but i worked for the Trevor Project, trying to assist suicidal gay teens in any way we could. If this guys message can save even one, then we have no place in judging him. Sorry if anything I said upset you.

        • j.martindale

          You sound like a kind person. I don’t wish the boy ill. He may be too callow to see the ramifications of his politics. I taught people his age for many years. I lose patience, though, in the age of tRump. We don’t have the luxury of people finding themselves politically when faced with…this. We need to get on the right side, right now. America isn’t drifting off course. It is at a cliff.

  • Ninja0980

    Given the fact he’s from Kansas, I hope someone points out to him that former Democratic Blue Dog monster Janice Pauls joined the Kansas Republican Party after she got major blow back from Democrats (took them enough) for wanting to make it so LGBT victims of sex trafficking could be discriminated against.
    She was welcomed with open arms by them, especially her best buddy Tim Huelskamp who before being the bigot we came to know in Congress, co-wrote every piece of anti-LGBT legislation that targeted folks like him in Kansas.
    Throw in Sam Brownback and others and you have a nice long list of Kansas Republicans hating LGBT people like him.
    As I said below, nice that he came out but he needs to realize his party hates him, they truly do, especially on the state level.

    • Ken M

      Dorothy was from Kansas.

      • netxtown

        ‘from’ being the distinguishing factor

  • boobert

    Not a lot of recent tweets. The Jesus pictures and ben shapiro retweets are a little disturbing . We’ll see how he develops.

  • andrew

    Congrats to Scott and his team mates.

  • Sporkfighter

    So, his teammates acted like, you know, teammates and decent human beings and it’s news. When will it not be news that gay people get treated decently?

    I didn’t shit in your right shoe today. Where’s my HRC award?

  • Ken M

    Just remember…DOROTHY WAS FROM KANSAS. : ) and she turned out OK.

    • Acronym Jim

      Anybody who has read Baum’s original 14 knows she turned out more than OK. She ended up becoming a princess of Oz and living with her fairy princess trans girlfriend.

    • clay

      Yeah, but she was FROM Kansas. Moving from Lawrence to Manhattan (KS) does not indicate one’s moving any closer to the Emerald City.

      • Ken M

        Just can’t make you even grin..can I? : )

        • clay

          First rule of humor: It’s only funny if it’s true.

      • edrex

        and lawrence is in fact the emerald city.

        • clay

          I thought that was Seattle.

          • edrex

            well… in kansas..

  • Tom Mulkern

    I hope that Scott Franz knows about the dangers of receptive anal intercourse. According to the Center for Disease Control it is the riskiest way to get HIV/AIDS

    • Boreal

      Piss of christain troll.

      • Tom Mulkern

        It appears that the truth of receptive anal intercourse angers you.

        • Ken M

          You could at least spell his last name correctly.

          • Tom Mulkern

            My fault. Scott Frantz it is. However, the danger of receptive anal intercourse is still real

          • Boreal

            Sounds like you think about bottoming a lot, Tom. Does your family know you haunt rest stops and hang out on gay blogs?

          • Tom Mulkern

            I do not hang out at rest stops like the late George Michael.

          • ByronK

            Those were park washrooms idiot. Hey, how do you know about rest stops?! hmmm…

          • Boreal
          • Ken M

            @Tom..considering your love of Google, try entering “pegging” and see what comes up. I’m sure you will find it interesting.

          • barrixines

            You prefer the bathhouses?

          • Boreal

            Probably his church restroom.

          • Tread

            You sure want Joe to let your employers know how you spend your work hours.

          • Tom Mulkern

            ???

          • Tom Mulkern

            huh???

          • ByronK

            How do you know he’s not a total top? Huh?

          • barrixines

            Do you have a wife? My advice to her is to become a lesbian. Heterosexual sex carries far more risk of contracting an STD for a woman than lesbian sex.

        • Boreal
      • Acronym Jim

        It appears “Mike Hughes” has had to create a new Disqus account.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Oh, go away. I’ve an idea. After we all block you, you can talk to us in the afterlife. I’ll be

      • Tom Mulkern

        Sounds like you do like hearing the truth of the gay lifestyle.

        • Boreal
          • johncAtl

            Is having dick in your mouth a bad thing? I’m just asking for that guy in my bathroom mirror that looks a lot like me – just older and with less hair.

          • Boreal

            Not for us. πŸ™‚ but closeted trolls like ‘tom’ are ashamed to have their families know about their cock addictions.

        • ByronK

          How the hell would you know the truth about anything. You’re calling it a lifestyle to start with. Was it’s last week’s sermon or bathhouse that has brought on this need to lecture people randomly?

          • Tom Mulkern

            Is there something wrong with the data from the Center for Disease Control?

          • ByronK

            No, there’s something wrong with your bullshit because they do not rate the riskiest transmission methods. It’s just your gay sex obsessed brain self-editing.

          • Ken M

            CDC STD stats… age 15-24, 1/4 of the population, responsible for just over 1/2 of the 20,000,000 new STD cases reported each year. Simple version 15-24 10 million new STDs a year. NOT HIV btw, info cant be directly reported and released.

          • Tom Mulkern

            CDC: 2% of the population, 55% of all the people living with HIV/AIDS in 2013

          • ByronK

            See my response above asswipe.

          • Tom Mulkern

            Still waiting for those CDC statistics from 2014, 2015, and 2016 you implied that you had

          • ByronK

            I did not imply I had those statistics. You lie. 

          • Ken M

            OK…2014 heterosexual new diagnosis..9400 cases, 2/3 women, 1/3 men, how do you explain that one? Wouldn’t it seem it should be closer to 50/50 CDC results

          • ByronK

            Come on, Tom. I completely sucked at knitting so I took up slaying trolls for a hobby. Any more of your flimsy bullshit I can ram back up your ass? (That just made you tingle, didn’t it?)

          • Tom Mulkern

            You’re avoiding the data from the CDC

          • ByronK

            No, I’m not ignoring it at all. You’re being dishonest in your portrayal of that data. Are you aware of the advances in prevention through sexual transmission? I have one of the top international HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations as a client so don’t hand me this bullshit.

          • Tom Mulkern

            See the CDC’s “HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men” It says they made up of 2% of the population but had 55% of all the people living with HIV/AIDS in 2013

          • ByronK

            Five years ago!!!! Jesus Fucking Christ, don’t come in here spouting this crap when you have no fucking idea what you’re talking about! You obviously know shit-all about advances in prevention, global distribution of cases, political efforts to contain the spread, and more importantly, that fact that your government is doing absolutely nothing to support these efforts in your own country. Do you have any idea of the horrific toll your “crimes against humanity” evangelical vampires are inflicting upon entire countries in Africa because of their misguided ignorance. Because of them, people are dying. Women and children are dying. And you come in here whining about “receptive anal intercourse” because an American football player comes out? If that’s what your priorities are, you’re a very sad, small-minded, evil little excuse for a human being.

          • Tom Mulkern

            OK Mr I Work For a Top International HIV/AIDS Advocacy Organization, what are the stats for 2014, 2015, 2016???

          • ByronK

            There are no statistics available for 2016. The CDC, since you are a big fan, does have numbers from 2015 but also notes that a) infection rates have dropped 18% from 2008 to 2014 and b) they estimate that 1 in 7 individuals don’t know they are infected. But If 1 in 7 don’t know and aren’t diagnosed and reported, how can there be an accurate profile of infections. And recent medical advances in prevention have become more mainstream after the available statistics. But let’s return to your primary claim that “receptive anal intercourse” is the riskiest activity for HIV transmission. On that count you are wrong. Plain and simple.

          • Tom Mulkern

            See http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/analsex.html “Anal Sex and HIV Risk” It says that “Anal sex is the riskiest behavior for getting and transmitting HIV.” This is from a website that is up and running on July 13, 2017 not 2013

          • Acronym Jim

            Quote it right, asshole. It says it’s the riskiest sexual behavior for both men and women.

          • Tom Mulkern

            What’s the problem?

          • Acronym Jim

            Your dishonesty.

          • ByronK

            Again, you’re being dishonest. What it actually says is that it’s the “riskiest sexual behavior”. Let’s go down to an even more basic level. You’re not really concerned about statistics and transmission rates and risks – you are just completely hung up over gay anal sex, aren’t you?

          • Acronym Jim

            No, only gay anal sex since it also left out the part about women.

          • ByronK

            LOL, thank you Jim! I stand corrected and will amend my comment for accuracy.

          • Tom Mulkern

            Yes it is the riskiest sexual behavior for getting HIV/AIDS

          • Ken M

            More blacks got it than whites, just over 1 1/2 times as many..what’s your take on that Tom? No transmission, or sexual behavior is listed. How do you feel about black vs white Tom?

          • ByronK

            And with those healthcare cuts coming for low income citizens, which statistically will affect the black urban population more than the white, what will that do?

          • Ken M

            You may have noticed, Tom isn’t responding.

          • ByronK

            And actually, if they defund PP and gut sexual education and sti prevention efforts, it’s going to get worse. And yup, I noticed.

          • Ken M

            The Force is with You ByronK. You have done well..now enjoy the rest of your evening : )

          • ByronK

            Thank you, Ken. I recently quit but would kill for a post-match cigarette! Enjoy the rest of your evening as well!!

          • ByronK

            But you posted it like it was a quote and left that out. Also, as Jim has pointed out, that it is for men and women. “Anal sex is the riskiest behavior for getting and transmitting HIV.” Don’t start Trump Jr. ‘ing on me now and keep changing your story.

          • clay

            He’s even more hung up on groups of men having anal sex.

          • JCF

            Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding! We have winner—and a wiener: a wiener grown hard thinking about butt-seks!

          • clay

            And the very next sentences read: “Condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART) and can reduce your risk of getting or transmitting HIV through anal sex. Even more protection is provided when more than one option is used.”

          • clay

            In the US. HIV is not a national epidemic. It’s a pandemic.

          • clay

            Which is about US populations, not about human behaviors. If you’re going to claim a behavior is the problem, go find cross-cultural data that actually examines behaviors.

            You should also be limiting yourself to NEW infections, because different groups have also had different long-term survival rates.

          • clay

            He’s not even being honest with the data, itself, let alone any further interpretation.

          • Joseph Miceli

            YOU are avoiding the societal influences that drive gay men to destructive behavior. All those homeless gay kids for instance. They don’t “reject their families,” their families reject them. Next thing you know they are addicted to meth or committing suicide, not because they are gay but because their biological families are worthless!!!

        • JCF

          “gay lifestyle”? Oh brother—buttseks-lusting brother: Hi Tom! Why don’t you go scratch that itch already?

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/898b825a0ed3639d87b12975adae3d0dd58895e9897bea2e1a20c5ea164eeaeb.jpg

    • ByronK

      It’s intravenous drug users sharing needles actually.

    • DaddyRay
    • Lazycrockett

      Im more concerned bout the rot of religion on his brain.

    • clay

      According to the CDC, the danger of receptive anal intercourse when using PrEP and condoms, without a pre-existing STI, even with a partner who is HIV+, is very low. https://wwwn.cdc.gov/hivrisk/estimator.html#-~mb|rai.con.prep.art

      Receptive anal intercourse when using PrEP and condoms, without a pre-existing STI, with a partner who is either testing HIV- or undetectable is negligible to non-existent.

      These “dangers” are lower than either insertive or receptive vaginal intercourse without protection.

      According to the CDC, the behavior that exposes a person to the greatest risk of contracting HIV in the US is still blood transfusion.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      OMG! No! Who would have thunk it? There’s only one thing to do. Block the concern troll!

    • Joseph Miceli

      Thank you Tom, because I know you said that with only concern in your heart.
      Did YOU know that the most rabidly Christian Southern states all consume the most gay porn, have the highest divorce rates and suffer the highest levels of poverty, which results in their taking out more federal dollars than they pay and making them failed welfare states? I say this with loving concern for all the people bearing false witness….people like , say… you.

    • edrex

      and guns. guns are dangerous.

    • DoctorDJ
  • Deviancy Behavir

    6’5, 293 pds, that’s what I’m talking about. I love when they’re big and gay.

    • ByronK

      You’d need a goddamned sherpa to top that!

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Still, I bet I could. Worth a try.

      • Joseph Miceli

        At 5’10”, my motto has always been, “Climb every mountain and plant the flag!”

  • Galvestonian

    …so cool – God Bless him ! I wish him the best in all things and much happiness.

  • Hey, I’m gay! Okay, I’m ready for an entire football team to embrace me now! :0D

  • ElenorRigby

    Hopefully the homocon thing was just a cover. We all know that the most homophobic ones are the secret gays.

  • Ken M

    Anybody else thinking of Moose from Riverdale? : )

    • johncAtl

      Moose? “Everything but kissing.” Wasn’t that what he said to Kevin Keller in the first episode?

  • DisqusD37

    Welcome. With this off your shoulders, your eyes may be open wider to the injustice the LGBTQ community faces everyday by the GOP.

  • dcurlee

    Love him and thank him for the courage

  • Anthony_Central_IL

    One good retweet (of Charlie Kirk’s tweet) from Frantz’s Twitter page:

    Free speech is not just saying what you want to say, but it is having to hear things you don’t want to hear.

    The response, of course, would be for someone to formulate a cogent, supported argument that rebuts what they don’t want to hear… um… in those cases where that is possible.

  • DoctorDJ

    “Frantz appears to retweet a lot of right wingers, so it seems likely he’s a homocon.”

    He’s young. Let’s hope he grows up and out of it.

  • netxtown

    Time and experience can/will change perspective.

    I voted for Reagan – not once, but twice.

    I moved out to Long Beach in ’87 as the plague began to rear its ugly head. And it was then and there I turned my back on the GOP when they did nothing. It was also during this same time I broke free from religion.

    Things happen. People change.

  • this is a good first step for him and i’m glad he team mates are so supportive. that’s the takeaway from this story, not that fact that there is only one political party in KS. it’s heartening to see a lineman (!) come out, but it’s more important that his team mates, perhaps half or more of whom will become regular voters, would rather support him than tote the party line. i hope that they come to understand that supporting a team mate is one thing, but voting to protect him and all our rights is even more important. Frantz himself needs to learn that there are many kinds of bravery, and that include being a political minority.

  • peterparker
  • Pat

    Best of luck to him and well done to his team mates. Hope time and experience mature his political thinking.

  • Benn McKnight

    He’s still a teenager… give him some time to learn his history. So long as he doesn’t end up in a bubble, he still has a lot of opportunity to moderate his position.

  • The Milkman

    Let’s give him a chance to find himself. He’s all of what, 19? 20? I would imagine that he’s in the middle of a lot of life changes with a steep learning curve. Give him a couple years to figure himself out before seeing him as a homocon. He’s probably just parroting what his parents say at home.

    That said, if he’s still pushing that crap after a few years, have at it.

  • dugan4702

    I would like to add here that not all of us Kansas people are Republican. As a Democrat in a Red State It is very difficult to listen to The right wings bull shit! Just sayin!

  • Gerry Fisher

    Regarding his politics, unlike a certain former Decathlon athlete, this guy’s young. Give him time.