The last public bastion of the homophobic gay closet has been breached dramatically this month as Australian star footballer Josh Cavallo in a statement comes out as gay. It has been a thorn to the LBGTQ world that no professional full-time player has felt confident enough to come out as gay in the globes most popular sport whilst still actively playing the game. UNTIL NOW. Pleasing all fetish sportswear fans tremendously he did it in style by attacking one of the most disliked anti-trans ‘hate groups ‘ there is along the way causing a social media meltdown. Many celebrities came straight out online and praised him for his bravery and it seems the LBGTQ+ sphere has a new superstar in this very good-looking brave young sportsman.
Josh Cavallo is a 21year old Left Back/Midfielder for the award-winning highly successful Adelaide United football team; he has played for his countries Under 20 National team and is tipped for the full Australian squad at future soccer World Cup’s.
It has been painfully noticeable that although by basic stats there is many professional gay footballers around the World that none have felt comfortable enough to declare their sexuality publicly until this month. The sport is nowadays generally pro LBGT despite giving its biggest prize the World Cup Final to Quatar next year where homosexuality is illegal and gay fans are choosing not to attend in droves. The problem has always seemed to be stigma, selection and the soccer fans many of which seem to thrive in a macho culture of homophobia on the terraces…. In a recent YOU GOV poll it was found that 38% of hetero fans regularly heard or took part in anti-gay chants at matches, so it would take a brave player to walk into that cauldron weekly especially with opposing fans and away matches. It has always seemed to be the working man’s sport of choice and its macho world and culture, together with the inevitable boisterous locker room ‘straight’ banter would make any gay man cling to the back wall of the closet like a limpet especially when you get the likes of Milan Striker Antonio Cassano saying about the Italian National team when asked about gay footballers said, “I hope there are none. But if there are queers here, that’s their business.”. It is particularly sweet that it is an Australian star that breaks the mirror ceiling after the recent spate of public homophobia that their rugby players have felt like spewing into the media as recently reported by Alphatribe and other outlets.
The 2.50 minutes to the camera stunningly emotional clip he has made about coming out had over 10 Million views online in its first weekend which you can find on You Tube or pinned to the top of his twitter page and it has drawn a massive wave of public support and praise, he has also been trending top 5 on social media several times. You get the impression that the soccer World is breathing a great sigh of relief that a top flight star has finally felt comfortable enough to make such a public statement and has been wholly supported across the board by all.
*We have documented in the past that top flight British pro footballer Justin Fashanu was the first openly gay footballer…..when he stated he was homosexual back in 1990 but that did not go well at all. The newspaper that was probably about to ‘out’ him as gay publicly did a major interview with him titled ‘1 Million pound footballer – I AM GAY’ on the 22nd October that year (With increasingly sordid follow up pieces) effectively killing off his professional career. The headline stems from the fact that he was the First black player to ever be worth a Million when he was sold from one club to another (He was that big a star at the time). Fashanu whose bother is a well know TV star in both Europe and Africa had a torrid time of it including rape rumours, hideous fan abuse, little to no support and homophobia from inside the game resulting in him taking his own life sadly by hanging himself in a lock-up garage after spending a soul-searching depressing night in well-known gay sauna, Chariots, Shoreditch in East London. His brother has rather strangely backtracked on things since claiming that Justin was not in effect gay at all and was just an attention seeker which has the same air of truth & honesty about it as the latest press release from Princess Pinocchio, Meghan Markle. It was little wonder that no footballer (And it is estimated that there are several thousand closeted pro-players in the game as we speak) has chosen to follow in Justin’s footsteps declaring his homo or bisexuality until the brave landmark move just taken by Josh Cavallo.
Our gay fetish world and our events are full of guys in footie and sports kit often with names of their favourite players (or sex acts!) on their backs with their team number and millions of gay fetish men are huge football fans so it is particularly pleasing for us kinksters who like a bit of locker room/gym/pitch sex or fantasy play to have a worthy new hero from inside the sport we so love and admire……and it has been a very, very long time coming.
Many of the biggest names in the game including Marcus Rashford, Gerard Pique, Zlatan Ibramovich, David De Gea, Olivier Giroud, Rio Ferdinand have fully supported Josh publicly as well as the biggest clubs in the World like Liverpool FC, JuventusFC, Arsenal and FC Barcelona….plus well-known public figures like Ellen DeGeneres. It seems that the timing may be right for this last bastion of homophobia and the closet to be broken apart and destroyed and it is hoped that this guy gets continued support from all. We hope for his bravery that as soon as he is done with his many magazine interviews in the likes of GQ etc that the book publishers, reality TV producers, film companies and extended media will give this guy an incredible platform (and money) which hopefully will mean that many other soccer players and indeed sports stars in general will feel safe to declare their sexuality with pride and rather than become pariahs to the terraces have much bigger profiles than they do from just their day jobs alone. If nothing more it can be expected that football fans who are gay and closeted might also now feel a bit happier coming out and enjoying their much-loved sport and all the incredibly fit men therein without worry, fear or ridicule. Move over Tom Daley as we now have a new sporting hero to support.
Today, I’m ready to speak about something personal that I’m finally comfortable to talk about in my life.
I 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 6 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 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 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 other players in my situation feel that they’re not alone.
Those who already knew this about me have met me with love and support every step of the way. I’m incredibly thankful for this support. To my family and friends – thank you, especially Tommy and David for making it possible for me to say proudly and publicly that I’m gay. To my Adelaide United family, thank you for greeting me with the utmost respect and acceptance. I’m incredibly grateful.
Happy Pride and GO UNITED!