BY DENISE RICHARDSON
ONEONTA _ Andrew McIntosh aims to destroy doors on gay closets, and he started with his own.
Last year, as a newly appointed lacrosse team captain at SUNY Oneonta, McIntosh said he wrestled with suicidal thoughts until he decided to talk about being a gay man.
First, he told a close friend from high school and his sister. Since then, he told his coach, Dan Mahar, and fellow captains.
On Feb. 15, McIntosh told his teammates, the same day Outsports.com, an online gay sports community, published his article, ``College lacrosse player comes out to his team.’’
McIntosh, 22, of Putnam Valley, said he intended to answer individual questions when asked about his sexuality instead of telling the entire team, but then he realized teammates would be reading his essay.
``Being honest is very important to me,’’ McIntosh said, ``and I wanted them to hear it from me and not from anyone else.’’ Mahar said he is proud to say there has been no hint of negativity from players.
``The guys see Andrew as Andrew,’’ said Mahar, a 1997 SUNY Oneonta graduate in his third season as head coach of the lacrosse team. The State University College at Oneonta campus always has been welcoming in terms of services and resources, he said, but society has become more aware and understanding of homosexuals in the past 10 or 15 years.
Several lacrosse players agreed McIntosh’s revelation wasn’t a big deal.
``It didn’t really faze anybody,’’ Tom Kelly, 21, a SUNY Oneonta junior, said after the Red Dragons’ practice on the allweather field near Hunt Union on Tuesday. ``It’s not really looked at, `he’s homosexual,’ _ he’s our teammate. ... We’re still all very comfortable together.’’
Gay athletes speaking about their sexuality is ``a hot topic.’’ Mc- Intosh said he has noted some shocked reactions but no negative responses. His teammates and coach have been supportive, he said, and thoughts of suicide are gone.
BY DENISE RICHARDSON
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Week in Review: Council parts ways with city manager
This weekend feature offers a recap of the week's top local stories:
Killer David Dart to go before parole board in May
Though rejected for parole less than two months ago, convicted killer David Dart, serving 25 years to life in prison for the September 1989 knifing murder of 18-year-old Gillian Gibbons in Oneonta, will get another crack at release in May.
Developers make plans for four Southside projects
A Buffalo Wild Wings is proposed to open this year on Oneonta's Southside, which also is the site of two other pending developments, the town supervisors said Monday.
Police: Motoristfound dead
Authorities are hoping an autopsy scheduled for today will explain the mysterious death of a Schoharie County man whose body was found in his parked, running car over the weekend.
Two face charges in no-knock heroin raid
Authorities executed a no-knock search warrant at an Elm Street apartment and arrested two women on heroin possession charges, Oneonta police said Thursday.
Oneonta police: 3 youths suspected of vandalism
The city of Oneonta Police Department has identified three suspects, all younger than 16, in the damage and arson to the Doc Knapp Field on Jan. 18, according to a media release from police.
Assailant assaulted former girlfriend while their son, 7, watched, police say
William H. Danielson, now a murder defendant, allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend while she was putting their 7-year-old son into a vehicle early Friday morning, according to Chenango County law enforcement officials.
- Obama: Inequality is a major challenge
County officials object to logos on SAFE Act website
New York's new gun control law has hit another thicket of controversy, with three local sheriffs saying Monday they don't want their county's seals or logos used in a state website being designed for pistol permit recertification.
- Ithaca College student killed in Cobleskill crash
The address of a digital billboard was incorrect on a photo caption on Page 1 of Tuesday's Daily Star. The billboard is near I-88.
Rodney H. Ingalls
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- Remembering Remy in Milford
The campaign, on the St. Lawrence, from which so much has long, confidently, and reasonably expected, has ended far short of its object. ... The main army has taken post near St. Regis, for the winter; and ... the division under General Hampton is hutting on the Saranac.
Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...
We are happy to report that we did indeed have a meeting with both the Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at CCS to discuss our questions and concerns about the proposed capital project. Plus we also had the opportunity to chat with the Business Manager regarding funding for the project. And for the most part we feel we now know more about the project although we still find ourselves musing about it.
Championship fever in Milford goes beyond Remy title
For Milford's boys, the Anton Remy Jr. Tournament title is only the beginning. "We want to win the Tri-Valley title and the Section Four title," junior point guard Will Ward said Saturday after the Wildcats took apart Franklin, 52-25, in the Remy finals.
- Much to love about walls
Volleyball team hopes to spike competition
Cooperstown has gotten used to volleyball success under Rich Jantzi, and it looks like CCS will prove themselves on the court again this year.
Wishing we would fall out of falling back
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