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'It's a tough step to take by yourself'

Originally Published: May 27, 2005
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Andrew Goldstein was a sophomore at Milton Academy in Massachusetts when Corey Johnson, the co-captain of a high school football team on the other side of Boston, came out of the closet.

It was the spring of 1999 when the Masconomet Regional High School linebacker made headlines across the country when he announced he was gay. Goldstein, whose sexuality had been a source of pain and suffering – suicide, he said, often weighed on his mind – was surprised.

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