June 24, 2014

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Sam McGuire Interview on Being a Gay Skater

Sam McGuirephoto: sam mcguire

Professional skate photographer Sam McGuire recently came out, and spoke to Jenkem about whether he thinks skateboarding is as homophobic as other sports, and whether the community is mature enough to accept people as they are. This interview is seriously worth the read.

After years of working in skateboarding as a photographer, and years of struggling with the fact that he was gay, Sam came to his conclusion: it wasn’t possible for the two worlds to coexist.

Skateboarding has traditionally been close minded in regards to sexual orientation. We still don’t even have an openly gay professional skateboarder. Because of this atmosphere, Sam wanted out. His plan was to leave skateboarding at age thirty, come out on Facebook and live judgment free in Iceland.

Sam turned thirty last week, and we are happy to report that he never went through with his plan. Instead, he decided to come out and to share his struggle with the world. This is Sam’s story.

Check out the full interview HERE.