At just 21 years old professional soccer player Josh Cavallo has come out as gay.
In an emotional statement on Twitter Josh said. “I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay.”
This makes Cavallo the only gay current male professional footballer in the world.
Josh Cavallo: “I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out”
Earlier today Josh Cavallo, who plays for Adelaide United took to social media to share his story.
In doing so, he became the only gay current male professional footballer in the world.
It was a huge step for Josh but something he had been struggling with for a long time.
“I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay. It’s been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I 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.
“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.”
— Josh Cavallo (@JoshuaCavallo) October 27, 2021
“I know there are other players living in silence. I want to help change this.”
Part of Josh’s decision was to bring more visibility to LGBTIQ players in sport, hopefully paving the way for future players.
“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.
“In football, you only have a small window to achieve greatness, and coming out publicly may have a negative impact on a career. As a gay footballer, I know there are other players living in silence. I want to help change this, to show that everyone is welcome in the game of football, and deserves the right to be their authentic self.
“It is astonishing to know that there are currently no gay professional footballers who are out and actively playing, not only in Australia, but around the world.
“Hopefully this will change in the near future. I hope that in sharing who I am, I can show others who identify as LGBTQ+ that they are welcome in the football community.
“As the game of football keeps expanding, I want to help evolve the game even further, and let other players in my situation feel that they’re not alone.
The announcement for Josh Cavallo has been greeted by overwhelming support online at home and internationally.
Including his home club of Adelaide United. On their Twitter account on Wednesday the club posted a moving video from Cavallo as he made his announcement.
Watch the full video of Josh Cavallo coming out via the Adelaide United Twitter account below.
Josh’s Truth pic.twitter.com/NKSEP2kVWV
— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 27, 2021
For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.