It’s the high school ending some of us wish we always had. For Hunter …
It’s the high school ending some of us wish we always had. For Hunter Sigmund and Jake Bain, it actually happened.
Sigmund was a gay swimmer who felt isolated because of his sexuality. Bain was a football player who was ridiculed on the field for being gay.
As Sigmund wrote in Outsports, “Instead of assimilating with a horde of generic high school boys, I decided that being alone was the best option. For months, I locked myself in my bedroom, initially feeling relieved that I no longer had to fake an identity to fit in.”
Except that didn’t ever actually work for Sigmund.
“Being isolated from all social interaction did not relieve my insecurities,” he wrote. “Instead, it added to them, because I still felt that I was being forced to hide myself from the world.”
That’s when September 4, 2016 happened.
“On that day, I was at a Labor Day party, surrounded by my classmates and closest friends. Jake was sitting on a rocky ledge by the pool,” Sigmund wrote.
“When I saw him sitting there, I felt an immediate urge to go over,” Sigmund recalled. “He had been in my position before. He had dealt with countless insecurities, yet he had overcome them all with a bright smile on his face.”
The two hit it off and talked for hours that very evening, “and as of today, Jake and I have talked every day for two years,” he wrote.