Valley LGBT community reacts to ASU's Chip Sarafin's coming out

PHOENIX - 22-year old Raja Interpreter is openly gay and now works as a volunteer mentor for the Valley LGBTQ youth organization One-n-Ten.

He can be seen on the softball field on a regular basis nowadays, but growing up with what he described as being called feminine by his classmates, prevented him from taking part in sports.

"Kids can be hurtful and say really mean things," said Interpreter. "And it really got to the point where my confidence level...I couldn't go out there and do it."

It's why ASU football player Chip Sarafin's announcement he's gay matters even more to him.

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A guy in his age group, growing up in a time of less acceptance towards the LGBT community, now feeling comfortable in his own skin.

"Now we have someone coming out and saying 'Hey, I'm gay and I'm doing it,'" said Interpreter.

Justin Owen with Phoenix Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the Valley, agrees.

"It's really showing the community as a whole and especially our youth up and coming, that it's ok to be who you are no matter what stereotype you might fall in," said Owen.

Interpreter hopes Sarafin's announcement will encourage LGBT youth to play the sport of their choice. He's doing it as a young adult, and he's more confident than ever in her skills.

"My coach likes to say, I have a good, strong, bat swing," said Interpreter.

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