Championship footballer Jake Daniels revealed that he is overwhelmed by the love and support he has received after he came out as the first active footballer. Daniels said he felt it was the right time to tell his story at the end of the season after scoring 30 goals in the Championship. He expressed his gratitude on Instagram for the response to his announcement.
“I’ve taken some time away these past few days to digest everything that’s happened and collate my thoughts. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages of love and support I’ve received. It’s been incredibly touching,” Jake Daniels said from the Championship. “I just want to say a massive thank you to @blackpoolfc for everything over the past few months – you have been incredible. To my family and friends for giving me the strength to continue to move forward in my life. I owe you so much. To @skysports_tim for giving me the confidence to be me – your understanding and sensitivity throughout all of our time together were immense.”
“It’s just incredible. I think about what it means for any queer young kids growing up thinking now, ‘Maybe I do now have a space in football. Maybe I will get in. Maybe I will be welcomed’,” Tom Daley said about Jake Daniels. “It’s not just that the queer community has been so celebratory of it, but the fact of seeing people like Harry Kane speaking out about how amazing it is. Straight footballers at the top of the game are commending him, and I think for visibility in the sport it’s just incredible. Jake and Josh Cavallo are paving the way. The fact that Jake came out is a really powerful message to send. It’s so incredibly brave it might encourage people to be brave and more people to come out, able to be themselves.”