Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.
There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself — not the muted version he'd been presenting to the world, to his friends and his teammates in Eastern Michigan's track and cross-country programs.
That was the plan, anyway.
"I was new here. I didn't know anyone on the team, I didn't know anyone on the campus at all. So nobody knew that I was gay," said Hendrix, whose wiry frame immediately pegs him as a distance runner. "I had to make the decision on whether or not to confide in my teammates, coach, classmates, whatever, that I was gay and tell them my sexuality, or just keep it a secret.
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