News 27 October 2021

Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo Becomes World’s Only Known Current Male Pro Footballer To Come Out As Gay

27 October 2021

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, making him the world’s only known current top-flight male professional footballer in the world.

The 21 year-old Adelaide United midfielder came out as gay in a video on social media, accompanied by open letter.

“There’s something personal that I need to share with everyone,” he said. “I am a footballer and I am gay.”

In the video, Cavallo says that he is tired of trying to perform at the best of his ability “and to live this double life”.

“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.”

“I have been fighting with my sexuality for six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest.”

In the past, a number of footballers have come out after retiring from the sport – including Aston Villa’s Thomas Hitzlsperger – but not many have done so as an active player.

In his emotional video, Cavallo said he hopes to encourage other gay footballers to come out.

“As a gay footballer, I know there are other players living in silence. I want to help change this, to show that everyone is welcome in the game and deserves the right to be their authentic self.”