‘The Gay Footballer,’ Real or Not, Challenges English Soccer to Champion LGBT Equality

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We are here again. A male English professional soccer player is reportedly about to come out as gay, and the tick-tock has begun on this historic event.

There are no professional male footballers presently playing in England who are out. The coming out would certainly be timely, fresh after the World Cup success of the U.S. women’s team and its many out-players: Megan Rapinoe, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Adrianna Franch, Tierna Davidson, and coach Jill Ellis.

That is, if the person behind “The Gay Footballer” Twitter account is for real. The account apparently belongs to the footballer concerned, and it burst into life on July 5, with a tweet announcing that he was an EFL (English Football League) player, that he had come out to his family, that he was under 23, and was “a proud gay man, hoping to break the mould.” He would soon come out publicly, he added.

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