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Fear Of Trump Caused Former NFL Player Jim Harbaugh’s Son To Come Out As Gay

The University of Michigan student explains how he got into musical theater, despite his family's football background.

While Trump’s time in the White House seems to be dividing our country more than ever, the polarizing president actually managed to bring one family closer together when he was first elected last year.

James Harbaugh Jr. explained on Two Outs podcast this week that he came out to his father, former NFL player and current Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh, after learning that Trump would officially be leading the country.

“I just blurted it out and told him for the first time verbatim, ’Dad, I’m gay. Do you know that?'” he told the podcast. “’And because of that, this is why X,Y, Z. I’m scared because of this, that and the other.'”

Harbaugh Jr. said his father gave him an “encouraging and uplifting response about how you just need to keep your head up,” and added that as long as he lives his truth, everything will end up okay.

The current University of Michigan student said that although his father, who was both a player and coach for several teams in the NFL before returning to his alma mater in 2015, had him surrounded by football players from an early age, he never felt uncomfortable around them.

“I think there was an obvious sense of feeling out of place in society in general,” he told the podcast. “But I never felt aware of being uncomfortable around my dad’s teams.”

Harbaugh Jr. currently attends the school’s Music, Theatre and Dance program, and credits his father with introducing him to musical theater when he was coaching the San Francisco 49ers.

“I remember thinking, ’Wow, this is so incredible,'” he said. “’I would love to be a part of something that makes people feel this way, something that feels so magical and amazing.'”

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