A-League midfielder Josh Cavallo became the first professional male footballer to come out as gay. The midfielder said he was tired of leading a double life and feeling ashamed of his sexuality. He posted a heartfelt message and video on social media revealing that he could not be happier to come out. Former Aston Villa, West Ham, and Everton player Thomas Hitzlsperger had come outpost his retirement in 2013. Robbie Rogers had also come out when announcing his retirement.

“I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” A-League midfielder Josh Cavallo said. “All I want to do is play football and be treated equally. “I’m tired of trying to perform at the best of your ability and to live this double life, it’s exhausting. I thought that people would think of me differently when they found out. They would start treating me differently. They would start saying bad things about me or making fun out of me. That’s not the case. If anything, you would earn more respect from people.”

“I have been fighting my sexuality for over six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest,” he added. “For the people that know me personally, you’ll know I’m a private person. Growing up, I always felt the need to hide because I was ashamed. Ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay. Hiding who I truly am, to pursue a dream I always wished for as a kid, to play football and be treated equally never felt like a reality.”

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