An Australian footballer at Adelaide United named Josh Cavallo has openly revealed his sexual orientation is gay - making him the first professional to come out in public.
The 21-year-old Cavallo made the announcement in a video that was posted on social media on Wednesday.
The A-League midfielder said he is feeling fresh comfort and is hoping to lead other footballers who may be reluctant to make the same decisions.
"There's something personal that I need to share with everyone. I am a footballer and I am gay," Cavallo said, in a video posted on Adelaide United's Twitter account.
"It's been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn't be happier with my decision to come out," he said.
"I have been fighting my sexuality for six years now and I'm glad I can put that to rest.
"Growing up I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed - ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay.
"Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn't crossed paths before."
Check out the video below titled "Josh's Truth."
Josh's Truth pic.twitter.com/NKSEP2kVWV— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 27, 2021