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Former NCAA Athlete Shares Experiences as a Gay Athlete

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A former NCAA athlete had a strong anti-bullying message for West Virginia University students Tuesday night.

Brian Sims, a former football captain at Bloomsburg University, shared his experiences as an openly gay athlete and advocated for LGBT rights.

Sims said he came out to his team in 2000 after winning a Division II National Championship.

Sims said the only interaction he had as a gay football captain with other football captains was flipping the quarter and shaking the other captain's hand.

"He's here to talk to us today about his experiences as a gay athlete and a politician as well as how we can take what he's learned through his years and apply that to our campus," said senior Benjamin Seebaugh.

On October 16, WVU is hosting an event on passive bullying and how bystanders contribute to harassment. The event is at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom.

Also, on October 25, it will host a forum called "Creating Community" about bullying. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom.