Phoenix Suns Exec Reveals He's Gay: Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts has revealed publicly for the first time that he's gay. "This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits," said Welts, who lost a longtime partner to AIDS in 1994 while hiding their relationship from his work colleagues. Welts hopes to become a mentor to gay people fearful about having a career in sports. While an NBA executive, Welts created NBA All-Star Weekend and the slam dunk contest in 1984. Before going public he asked Suns guard Steve Nash for his support. "Anyone who's not ready for this needs to catch up," Nash said. "He's doing anyone who's not ready for this a favor."