A Hampton University football player made history by being the first HBCU athlete to come out and identify as gay. 

According to Cassius, Hampton University defensive back, Byron Perkins declared his sexual orientation in an Instagram post. 

“I’ve decided that I’m going to make a change, and stop running away from myself. I’m gay,” Perkins wrote. “Let it be known that this is not a ‘decision’ or a ‘choice.’ Yes, this is who I am, this is who I’ve been, and this is who I’m going to be.”

The junior from Chicago is believed to be the first athlete at a Historically Black College & University to declare their sexual identity publicly. 

Perkins took the choice because he felt he wasn't being true to himself, and the strain was getting to him.