Seit Februar 2014 arbeite ich am Aufbau des Sportbereichs für das New Yorker / Berliner Online Magazin HIGHSNOBIETY. In meiner freiberuflichen Tätigkeit als Autor verfasse ich eine wöchentliche Kolumne zu aktuellen Themen aus der Welt des Sports. Aufgrund der Reichweite der Plattform sowie der internationalen Leserschaft sind alle Stories in englischer Sprache. Durch die engere Zusammenarbeit mit Nike sind auch Style-Themen dazu gekommen.
HIGHSNOBIETY erlaubt mir nicht nicht nur die kreative Freiheit sondern auch die Möglichkeit, eine internationale Leserschaft mit meinen Stories zu erreichen.
Ein Auszug meiner Arbeit:
With all the media coverage surrounding Michael Sam’s announcement, the more important story regarding the acceptance of anyone’s sexual orientation in our society happened in a college locker room in Missouri almost a year ago.
I was very lucky to be part of a strong circle of friends during my high school years. Being in a group of six to ten people, there was rarely any drama or controversy between us. You could call it a movie-like friendship. One day after school, I shared the way back home with one of my closest friends. It was the moment he told me he was gay.
I could feel his struggle to admit it, largely due to the uncertainty of how his friends would react. His discomfort in that situation was more concerning to me than what he actually told me. He was my friend and I tried my best to make him understand that our friendship wouldn’t change. And it didn’t. But I also understood that his fear of not being accepted was real.
Michael Sam opened up to his teammates and friends way earlier than he did last weekend on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. It was during a team bonding event last summer. Some of his teammates already knew Sam was gay, some learned it on that very same day. And it didn’t change anything for them either. Michael Sam was still the same guy, the same teammate, friend and athlete. In fact, the team showed no friction or distraction at all and went on a 12-win streak while winning the SEC East Title with Sam being crowned as an All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Apart from the overwhelmingly positive media reaction, society made a big step forward in a place many doubted it would happen – in a Missouri locker room full of young college students that play American football and accept Michael Sam the way he is and who he will be, the first openly-gay athlete en route to the NFL.