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  • Writer's pictureDelven Shaw

COMING OUT COLTON is what you think it will be

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

I watched COMING OUT COLTON so you don’t have to. Seeing the trailer tells you what you need to know. Of course, if you don't know much about Colton or need to see a coming-out story, please check it out. It does not dig too deep, but it covers the entire terrain of coming out to family, friends, coaches, and more.

You may know the outline of his story. Colton was a high school sports star and homecoming king who found college success at Illinois State. His professional sports career on Wikipedia made me smile, so I included the full text: On May 10, 2014, Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers. On August 30, 2014, he was waived. On September 3, 2014, Underwood was signed to the Eagles practice squad. On September 9, 2014, he was released from practice squad. On September 23, 2014, Underwood returned to the Chargers and was signed to their practice squad. On December 29, 2014, he signed a futures contract. On September 5, 2015, he was waived. On September 6, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve. On September 10, 2015, he was waived from injured reserve. On December 1, 2015, Underwood was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad. On August 29, 2016, he was released by the Raiders.

While the conversations with his family, coaches, and ex-girlfriend are standard and calm, especially when compared to other stories of those coming out who are not white, healthy, and wealthy. The relationships with other gay men from the football world – Dave Kopay, Esera Tuaolo, and Michael Sam – are entertaining and emotional. His attempt to pass for straight while on 'The Bachelor' caused harm. But he seemed to have bounced back with new love, a new house, and lots of great publicity.

I applaud Netflix and the creative team for taking on this project. I hope they will continue telling these kinds of stories that are urgently needed.

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