‘Growing up, I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed’, said Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo during an emotional video posted to social media. The Australia under-20 international said he thought he would ‘never be able to do what I loved and be gay,’ but said the ‘response and support received’ from his family, coaches and teammates has been ‘immense’.
‘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 over six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest’. Cavallo is the only active male top-flight professional footballer in the world to come out as gay. Video courtesy of Adelaide United.