A talented wrestler in high school, Justice Horn made the decision his senior year to attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. As the wrestling season began, and team trainings began to ramp up, Justice decided there was an important hurdle he needed to overcome: coming out as gay to his teammates and his coach. He had come out to his high school teammates his freshman year but was apprehensive about coming out again. Eventually, with support from a counselor, he was open about his sexual orientation and embraced by his team and the coaching staff. Now, Justice works to increase acceptance of other LGBTQ athletes.
“It’s especially important for athletes to [be out and visible]. We live in this big country where we love our sports. We need to show we’re part of the LGBTQ community and that it doesn’t take away from their abilities as an athlete. It will definitely help change hearts and minds, and I think we can reach people in a way others might not be able to.”