Songs legend Elton John called hockey star Luke Prokop to thank him for “getting brave and coming out” as gay. (Getty/Phillip Faraone/iHeartMedia/Marissa Baecker)
Hockey star Luke Prokop was starstruck when he bought a cell phone phone from Elton John, thanking him for bravely coming out as homosexual.
In July, Prokop became the very first player on an NHL contract to appear out as gay. The 19-calendar year-outdated Nashville Predators prospect explained in a assertion posted to social media that the “past calendar year and a half” experienced specified him the “chance to locate my correct self”.
“I am no for a longer time frightened to conceal who I am,” Prokop wrote. “Today I am proud to publicly convey to all people that I am homosexual.”
Given that his heartfelt coming out, Prokop has been given overwhelming assist from in the hockey group and additional abroad. 1 of the coolest times, he mentioned, came when audio legend Elton John named to congratulate him.
The youthful athlete recalled the beautiful second in an interview with NHL.com.
“We just had a really excellent dialogue,” Prokop reported. “He congratulated me, just questioned me how the day was, how the help was and then he thanked me for staying brave and coming out.”
He extra it was “really cool” for Elton John to attain out.
“To see another person that big, that popular, who has a humongous affect on the LGBTQ+ neighborhood to get to out and mobile phone me and thank me for currently being courageous and coming out and getting in a position to enable young ones heading via what I went as a result of and allowing for them to have an individual to search up to, in a perception,” he claimed.
Prokop informed NHL.com that the only person a lot more fired up about Elton John providing him a ring was his mum, who “started screaming” and “almost began breaking down”.
In a new interview with the Advocate, Luke Prokop opened up about the reaction to his coming out and the shocking lack of homophobia he’s encountered.
The teenager claimed it’s a “known point that homophobic slurs occur” – not just in hockey “but in all sports”. He hopes his coming out could possibly “have an effects on that” and “help shift the language”.
“Since I’ve occur out, I’m joyful to say that I have not encountered any slurs,” Prokop explained.
He informed the Advocate that he’s had a fantastic time living in Nashville and assembly his new staff as well as continuing to get supportive messages from “around the NHL”.
“It’s been really neat to have received so quite a few messages and guidance from all over the NHL,” Prokop extra. “I’m now concentrating on finding my video game to its ideal degree, generating the team and ideally acquiring a effective period serving to the Predators.”