Outsports, an SB Nation site dedicated to LGBT issues in sports, published an essay Monday written by Wyoming sophomore diver Scotia Mullin about competing as an openly gay athlete at the University of Wyoming.
Titled “Far from home, gay college diver finds a second family in Wyoming,” the essay details Mullin’s experiences coming out as gay and being embraced by the Wyoming swimming and diving team. Mullin, who came to Wyoming from Melbourne, Australia, wrote that he was initially nervous about coming to conservative Wyoming but that his experience has been “totally different” from what he expected.
“With other gay teammates like my close friend Ryan Russi,” Mullin wrote, “Wyoming has created a safe space for all LGBT athletes and instilled the fact that you are valued by what you can bring to the table and what you can give to your sport and community instead of your sexual orientation, gender or ethnicity.”
Russi is a junior diver at Wyoming. Mullin also commended head coach Kyle Bogner for his support in the essay.
Mullin was named the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Year as a freshman, when he finished 14th at the NCAA Championships.
This past season, after the Cowboys won the WAC conference championship and Mullin was again named the WAC Diver of the Year, he finished 16th at nationals.
He is the second Cowboy diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships in back-to-back years, the first to twice earn all-America honors.