Josh Cavallo, an Australian professional footballer, publicly came out as gay on social media, making him the only active, male, openly gay top-flight pro footballer in the world. The 21-year-old midfielder for Adelaide United opened up about the decision to publicly announce his sexuality in an open letter posted on Twitter.
“I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay,” Cavallo wrote. “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 6 years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest.”
Cavallo shared that he has only received love and support from his family, friends, teammates, and coaches, a sentiment that Adelaide United has publicly echoed. “Adelaide United, not only as a football club, but as the embodiment of an inclusive community, supports a remarkable and brave person. We stand alongside Josh for proudly being true to himself and will continue to love and support him as a member of our beautifully diverse family,” the professional soccer club said in a statement released on social media.