Pro soccer player Collin Martin has come out as gay.
The 23-year-old athlete made the big announcement on Twitter this morning, just hours before his team hosts their Pride Night tonight against FC Dallas.
“I am announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer,” Martin wrote. “June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.”
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It's an important night for me — I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv
— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
Martin has played FC midfielder for Minnesota United for the past two seasons. Before that, he played four seasons with D.C. United.
He is only the second openly gay player in Major League Soccer’s history. (The first was Robbie Rogers back in 2013.) And he is the only openly gay active player in any major pro sports league in the U.S.
The Football Association recently the launched its “For All” campaign which aims to include people of all sexualities, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, faiths, genders, and ages.
Check out some pics from Martin’s Instagram page…