Reds show support to Cavallo for coming out
Manchester United team-mates Raphael Varane, David De Gea, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford have praised Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo for coming out as gay, becoming the only top-flight male professional footballer in the world to do so.
In an emotional post on social media earlier today, the 21-year-old announced he was “ready to speak about something personal that I'm finally comfortable to talk about in my life. I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay.”
Adelaide United also posted a powerful video that showed Josh speaking to camera about his journey and how he hopes to inspire others by coming out.
Everybody at United supports Cavallo’s courageous decision and Varane, De Gea, Lingard and Rashford have publicly shown their appreciation, with the below posts on Twitter.
This must have taken much courage, Josh. You have my full support!! 💪🏾 https://t.co/sJDTd2JFmD— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) October 27, 2021
Brave and inspiring, always be yourself. https://t.co/yavVezLaYV— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) October 27, 2021
I know this took a lot of courage Josh. Know that the entire football community stands with you. Enjoy this freedom now, enjoy your peace. So much respect for you brother 👏🏾👊🏾@JoshuaCavallo https://t.co/A3eFubgPlr— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 27, 2021
CAVALLO’S STATEMENT IN FULL
“Today, I'm ready to speak about something personal that I'm finally comfortable to talk about in my life. I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay.
“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 my sexuality for over six years now, and I'm glad I can put that to rest.
“For the people that know me personally, you'll know I'm a private person. 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.
“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.
“Being a gay closeted footballer, I've had to learn to mask my feelings in order to fit the mould of a professional footballer. Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn't crossed paths before. I've lived my life assuming that this was a topic never to be spoken about.
“In football, you only have a small window to achieve greatness, and coming out publicly may have a negative impact on a career. As a good 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 of football, and deserves the right to be their authentic self.
“It is astonishing to know that there are currently no gay professional footballers who are out and actively playing, not only in Australia, but around the world. Hopefully this will change in the near future. I hope that in sharing who I am, I can show others who identify as LGBTQ+ that they are welcome in the football community. As the game of football keeps expanding, I want to help evolve the game even further, and let players in my situation feel that they're not alone.
Josh's Truth pic.twitter.com/NKSEP2kVWV— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 27, 2021