Being authentic is easy until someone tells you your authenticity is wrong. How much courage do you have to be yourself no matter what?
Eric Lueshen’s story will inspire you to know that the only way to truly be happy and free is to completely love and accept yourself and step into life boldly!
Eric Lueshen was one of the first openly gay Division 1 college football players. He played for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2003-2006, until a career ending back surgery. Before college, Eric grew up in the small, conservative town of Pierce, NE. Like so many LBGTQ individuals, he had a rough and troubled childhood… from being bullied for being gay, to major family issues, to near suicide. He used the abuse he endured at school and home to strengthen his resolve to succeed. Eric’s drive has led to numerous accolades on and off the field. His passion for helping people motivated him to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering focusing on drug delivery methods to the brain and central nervous system, which he recently finished in January 2015 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Eric is a strong advocate for equality and the LGBTQ community. He is a member of the LGBT Sports Coalition, which has given him the opportunity to help other LGBTQ athletes around the world accept themselves and live openly. Eric’s work doesn’t end with athletes. He readily volunteers for different LGBTQ organizations and shares his message that it does get better. You can find him out giving motivational speeches, publishing inspiring articles, volunteering, discussing with media about LGBTQ rights, and using his voice to make positive change in society.