Jake Daniels, an English soccer player, declared his homosexuality on Monday . Daniels said he was inspired by Josh Cavallo of Australias Adelaide United, the only openly gay man still playing in a top division in world soccer .
Jake Daniels, an English soccer player, declared his homosexuality on Monday, marking a turning point in the European mens game.On the field, I've been concealing the true me and who I really am.Ive known that I am gay for a long time, and now I feel ready to go out and be myself.Because womens soccer has many high-profile LGBTQ+ players, the mens professional game lacks players who are publicly gay and has seemed to have even hostile attitudes in locker rooms.Idrissa Gueye of Paris Saint-Germain was dropped from the matchday squad for a game at Montpellier over the weekend as part of a French league-wide anti-homophobia coalition.PSG hasn't denied the allegations or made a formal statement.Daniels said he was inspired by Josh Cavallo of Australia's Adelaide United, the only openly gay man still playing in a top division in world soccer after the 22-year-old midfielders announcement in October.There are people out there in the same situation as me who may not be comfortable divulging their sexuality.I just want to remind them that it is not necessary to reinvent who you are or what you should be to fit in.It's what matters most to you, and being happy, according to Danielels, teammates at Blackpool embraced his sexuality after trusting in them.Daniels, the northwest English club, said it is proud that he has reached a point in which he can express himself both on and off the field, according to the English Football Association.Daniels was an inspiration to the sport, according to the governing body. Justin Fashanu is the only openly gay man to have played in English soccers professional leagues at a higher level when he made the announcement in 1990.At the age of 37, the former Nottingham Forest and Norwich City striker was discovered hanged in a London garage.He is considered the world's first openly gay professional footballer by the Justin Fashanu Foundation.He said that playing at some games it is also dealing with trying to eradicate homophobic chanting.Daniels told Sky Sports that it would be great if other people looked at me and thought that they could do it as well. I hate knowing others are in the same situation as I was.I think it would be awesome if a Premier League footballer came out.I feel as though I should have done my job and encouraged someone else to do so.I just want it to begin from here. Gareth Thomas, the former Wales captain, became the first active NFL player to admit to being LBTQ+ in 2009, two years before he retired, and has since been a source of inspiration in all sports.Carl Nassib, the first active NFL player to confess to being gay, was released in 2021 by the Las Vegas Raiders.The team released the defensive end in March.Jason Collins was the first openly gay player to play in the NBA in 2021, and Olympic diving champion Tom Daley inspired former England soccer captain Casey Stoney to come out in 2014. Many thanks for coming out of the box and being authentically you!Wouldn't it be wonderful if we didn't have to use the terms guts and courage to describe someone as they are themselves?