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Australian Josh Cavallo becomes only openly gay male footballer in the pro game

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo has publicly said he is gay, becoming the only active openly gay male footballer in the professional game.

 

Cavallo, who plays for Adelaide United, said he wanted to help “other players living in silence” know they could be their “authentic self”.

 

The 21-year-old has previously represented Australia at under-20 level and took to his social media to announce the news ahead of the coming A-League season.

 

He said: “There’s something personal that I need to share with everyone: I’m a footballer, and I am gay.”

 

In a further post, he wrote: “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.”

 

Cavallo added: “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. 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.”

 

An Adelaide United statement said: “Today, Josh Cavallo speaks his truth to the world and demonstrates profound courage. Adelaide United, not only as a football club, but as the embodiment of an inclusive community, supports a remarkable and brave person.

 

“We stand alongside Josh for proudly being true to himself and will continue to love and support him as a member of our beautifully diverse family.”

 

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson said: “Football Australia wishes to commend Josh’s bravery to come out as the only openly gay player in the A-League Men competition.

 

“His courage to be open with himself and share that part with others is inspiring and will hopefully inspire more footballers to do the same in the future.”

 

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