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Rick Welts hopes to serve as example

Updated: May 17, 2011, 4:37 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Rick Welts was 40,000 feet in the air on a flight two hours from New York when, as he put it, "my life was changing below me."

The Phoenix Suns president and chief executive officer knew the story revealing he was gay had been posted on the Internet by The New York Times. When he landed, his Blackberry "exploded with e-mails from all over the place," all supporting him.

There was a voicemail from Charles Barkley, a text from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ...

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