“I like to kiss guys”: American athletics star Trey Cunningham comes out as gay

Graham Robson July 10, 2024

American athletics star Trey Cunningham, a World Athletics Championships silver medallist, has come out publicly as gay.

In an interview with The New York Times, Cunningham said that coming out to his family said that coming out to his family in private five years ago was the “scariest thing I’ve ever done.”

His reason for coming out publicly, he said, came from a track training technique he uses.

“We say our goals out loud,” he said. “If there’s something we want to achieve, we say it. Putting something in words makes it real.”

Cunningham, 25, said he didn’t “explore the idea” of being gay until college, attributing the slow exploration of his sexuality to having grown up in a conservative and rural part of Alabama. The hurdler called his hometown of Winfield “the sort of place where you did not want to be the gay kid at school.”

In a separate interview with US Weekly, Cunningham said he eventually realised that “people just don’t care.” When asked if he thought coming out publicly will change anything, he said, “I’m just Trey, and apparently it’s a special thing that I like to kiss guys.”

While Cunningham said he feels lucky to be surrounded by people who were unfazed by his coming out, he noted that may not be the case for other male athletes who have not felt as comfortable.

“There are lots of people who are in this weird space,” he said. “They’re not out. But it is kind of understood.”

Cunningham was a silver medallist in the 110 metre hurdles at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, though he has missed out on a Team USA spot for the Paris Olympics.