Josh Cavallo, an Australian professional footballer who plays as a left back and central midfielder for Adelaide United, has come out as homosexual, making him the world’s only known gay male top-flight player.
In an emotional video uploaded on Adelaide United’s social media, the 21-year-old said, “I’m a footballer and I’m gay.” “I just want to play football and be treated fairly.”
Cavallo is the first active gay professional footballer in Australia’s top division, declaring that he is no longer “ashamed” of his sexuality.
He added: “I’m tired of trying to perform at the best of your ability and to live this double life, it’s exhausting. “I thought that people would think of me differently when they found out.
They would start treating me differently. “They would start saying bad things about me or making fun out of me. That’s not the case. If anything, you would earn more respect from people.
” In a heartfelt social media post that accompanied the video, Cavallo said he “couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out”.
“I have been fighting my sexuality for over six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest,” he wrote.”For the people that know me personally, you’ll know I’m a private person. Growing up, I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed.
Ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay. Hiding who I truly am, to pursue a dream I always wished for as a kid, to play football
and be treated equally never felt like a reality.
“Being a gay closeted footballer, I’ve had to learn to mask my feelings in order to fit the mould of a professional footballer.
Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn’t crossed paths before. I’ve lived my life assuming that this was a topic never to be spoken about.” Over the years, a few male footballers have come out as gay during their careers.
Former Aston Villa, West Ham, and Everton player Thomas Hitzlsperger waited until the year after he retired in 2013 before coming out publicly.
Former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers came out while initially announcing his retirement in February 2013 shortly after being released, before returning with LA Galaxy and winning the MLS Cup to become the first openly gay male athlete to win a major professional team sports title in the United States.
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