Josh Cavallo first comes out as gay in Australia: Football news, A-League

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Young Socceroo Josh Cavallo has revealed that he is the only current, openly gay male professional football player in the A-League.

Josh Cavallo of Adelaide United made an emotional post on social media publicly revealing that he is gay, becoming the first professional Australian footballer to do so.

The 21-year-old Socceroos made the announcement Wednesday, declaring on Twitter that he is “proud to publicly announce that I am gay.”

Cavallo became the first openly gay male athlete to play in League A. He said he wanted to create a safe space for others to come forward.

Other active and openly gay men playing professional football include Collin Martin, who plays for San Diego Loyal in the second tier of soccer in the USA, and Phuti Lekoloane, who plays in South Africa’s third tier.

Cavallo said in a statement that he knew the potential negative repercussions of his statement, but hoped the decision to make the announcement would inspire other undercover male players and “show that everyone is welcome in the game of football.”

“Getting to this point in my life has been a journey, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go out,” she said. “I’ve been battling my sexuality for over six years and I’m happy to be able to put it aside.

“For those who know me personally, you will know that I am a special person. Growing up, I always felt the need to hide myself because I was embarrassed. I am ashamed that I will never be able to do what I love and be gay. Hiding who I really am, chasing a dream I always wanted as a kid, playing football and being treated equally has never felt real.

“As a closed gay football player, I had to learn to hide my feelings to fit the mold of a professional football player. Growing up gay and playing football were two worlds that had never crossed paths before.

“In football, you only have a small window to reach greatness and showing up in public can negatively impact your career. As a gay footballer, I know there are other players living in silence. Helping to change that means everyone is welcome in the football game and deserves the right to be their authentic self. I want to show that you do.

“It is surprising to know that there are currently no gay professional footballers actively playing, not just in Australia but all over the world. Hopefully, this will change in the near future. I hope by 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 continues to expand, I want to help improve the game further and make other players in my situation feel that they are not alone.

“Those who already knew this about me welcomed me with love and support every step of the way. I am incredibly grateful for this support. Thank you to my family and friends – especially Tommy and David, for letting me proudly and publicly say that I’m gay. Thank you to my Adelaide United family for welcoming me with the greatest respect and acceptance. I am incredibly grateful.”

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