With so much gay-positive news coming from the world of sports lately, here’s a reminder that there are still enormous hurdles to jump.
A gay German soccer player speaking under anonymity recently told Deutsche Welle why he’s decided to stay in the closet indefinitely.
He talks about an incident a few years back when his entire team found out he was gay.
“By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay.
After a training session I walked into the shower and I realized all of my teammates weren’t naked,but were wearing underpants.
Of course I was totally shocked, and first I didn’t know why. Then I slowly realized: It’s because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn’t want to go to training anymore.
But after a week I went back to training. By the end of the season though, I was out of contention because I’d been playing badly. Nevertheless, I thought I’d played a good season.
That showed me that being gay just isn’t accepted in football. And that won’t change in the near future.”
Mind you, he currently plays in the under 19 league, which means he was 17 at the oldest when this took place.
It’s a sad outlook, and one we hope will evolve for him along with football and professional sports in general.
And hey, seeing as this mystery footballer is still a teenager, there’s plenty of time for his and everyone else’ attitudes to expand over the course of his professional career.
Homophobia doesn’t resolve itself in a vacuum, and while it falls on no individual’s shoulders to reverse the course, progress only happens when we stand united.
When he’s ready to come out, he’ll come out. And there’s no shame in that.
h/t Gay Star News