Footballer Josh Cavallo declares his homosexuality in moving video – cvbj

10/27/2021 at 10:35 am CEST


Australian footballer Josh cavallo announced this Wednesday his homosexuality in a moving video posted on social media, which was applauded and supported by elite peers and former athletes.

“It’s been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go out. I’ve been struggling with my sexuality for over six years and I’m happy to be able to park it, ”said the midfielder of the Adelaide United, 21 years old, in a video shared on his club account.

The young man, who defined himself as a “very reserved” person, said he had always felt the need to to hide because it was embarrassed of his homosexuality: “Ashamed of never being able to do what he loved and of being gay.” Hide who he really was, to pursue a dream that I always wanted when I was a child. Playing football and being treated like everyone else never seemed like a reality, ”Cavallo said.

The young man recounted how being a gay footballer in the closet taught him to hide his feelings “to fit into the mold of the professional footballer” and described how “growing up gay and playing football were two worlds including the paths had never crossed. I lived with the assumption that it was a problem I could never speak “, noted.

Come out of the closet to help other players in the same situation

In this sense, he declared that he wanted to change the be quiet with whom other actors live their sexuality, becoming the first active high-level footballer by publicly declaring that he is gay.

Former Australian footballer Craig foster, a prominent human rights activist, applauded Cavallo’s post on social media. “No one should have to hide who they are, the ball doesn’t care about color, race, religion, gender or sexuality, ”remarked Foster, 29 times international with his country.

Former Espanyol captain and current Adelaide player Javi López: “I’m proud of you”

The companions Adelaide United’s side have also publicly shown their support for the Australian player, including Spain’s Javi Lopez, who has played more than 250 games for Barcelona’s Espanyol: “Congratulations on your courage and proud of you”said the Spanish footballer.

Brennan, Hitzlsperger and Rogers have also declared their homosexuality

The closest case is that of the Australian too Andy Brennan, who in 2019 declared himself gay when playing in Australia’s second division, despite having previously played in the country’s top flight for the Newcastle Jets. Thomas Hitzlsperger, The former German player from Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Everton is the most prominent footballer to have admitted his homosexuality, but did so a year after his Withdrawal in 2013.

The American Robbie Rogers, who came to play for Leeds in the English Premier League, also revealed he was gay after hanging up his boots the same year.