Footballer Comes Out as Gay: I’m a footballer and I’m gay

Josh Cavallo, an Australian footballer, has come out as gay. I’m a footballer and I’m gay, he said in a video on his YouTube channel. The 18-year-old had already been coming under fire for being the only player not to wear the rainbow laces campaign symbol of solidarity with LGBT athletes during last week’s match against Sydney FC.

I’m here today to announce that I’m gay, he says in the video. “Some people might have seen my reluctance to wear the laces last week as wrong but it’s just because of who I am. Cavallo said where his teammates showed support, like when they held up signs after scoring, he felt like an outcast.

I was already upset with myself that I had not been able to come out as a footballer, as it would have made such a powerful statement.

With the upcoming Bingham Cup challenge in Sydney this August, now feels like the right time for me to be who I am. The international gay rugby union tournament starts on 20 August and ends on 27 August.

Cavallo is the first player to come out in the South East Australian Football League, where he plays with Eastern Rangers FC.

 

It’s important that people are treated equally no matter their sexuality or race, Cavallo added. I want people to know that it’s okay to be who you are.
Josh Cavallo was born on 23 October 1998 in Canberra, Australia, but now lives in Penrith where he attends St Marys High School.

Cavallo has played junior football for North Rocks and Penrith City.

He currently plays for the Eastern Rangers FC in the South East Australian Football League and has been a member of the Australian Under 17s men’s national team.

The Bingham Cup is named after Mark Bingham, a former University of California rugby player who died on United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Josh Cavallo is not the first gay footballer to come out. Last year, Thomas Hitzlsperger, former Aston Villa and Everton midfielder, announced he was