LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former University of Kentucky football player comes out as gay.

I am a hard-worker. I love football. I love soccer. I love business. I love reading. I enjoy photography. I love Ted Talks. I love people. I am approachable. I am caring. I am kind. I am a loyal friend. I am altruistic. I am creative. I am a life-long learner. I am a writer. I am a four-year Kentucky football letterman. I am an only child. I am a white, 6-foot-2 man. I am gay.

Foster writes that it took him "24 years to come to grips with my sexuality. Now I am proud of it. I have to be proud of it. It’s how I was created. It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t change my compassion for others. It doesn’t change my work ethic. It doesn’t change my values."

Foster said he expects to face some backlash, but says it will be worth it if he can help or inspire just one person.

He also said his junior and senior years were filled with anxiety because of a number of high profile stories on LGBTQ rights across the country, including in Kentucky when Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. 

I am sure I will receive some backlash for writing this, but if there is one person it helps, then it will be worth it. I have been through hell, especially during my college years, trying to come to grips with who I am while also representing my university and football team. I was representing these institutions in a state that garnered national attention for anti-LGBT sentiment just days after I had come out to my parents, weeks before my senior season, and ultimately leading to my departure from the sport that I always envisioned as being a part of my life.

He played at UK from 2012 to 2015, and he was named to the freshman all-SEC team.

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