Jake Daniels takes the first step by acknowledging his homosexuality

Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 11:14

The world of sport in general, and football in particular, seems to be slowly moving towards the right path. Jake Daniels has been in charge of taking the last step with the aim of ending all kinds of prejudices. Or rather he has taken a great stride, since he is the first professional footballer to recognize his homosexuality in the United Kingdom since 1990.

The current Blackpool player, a team that plays in the English second division known as the Championship, did not hesitate to publicly come out of the closet to become the first active professional footballer in Europe to do so.

Nothing like it is remembered since Justin Fashanu almost 32 years ago, who ended up taking his own life after all the harassment he received.

At just 17 years old, he has shown himself to be a clear example of courage in an interview with the ‘Sky Sports’ media.

“The day after we played Accrington and I scored four goals, it was just an indication of how much weight was lifted off my shoulders and a huge relief. Now is the right time to do it. I feel like I’m ready to tell people about my story. I want people to know the real me,” she began.

“It’s been a struggle. It’s been a pretty crazy year. I’m 17 years old. I’ve signed a professional contract, I’ve scored 30 goals and I just made my debut with the first team. And now I’ve decided to reveal that I’m gay,” he said, according to reports. the English media, with the support of all his teammates and the Premier League leaders.

And it is that Daniels was tired of hiding and spending many years showing to be a person that in reality he was not: “I had girlfriends in the past, to try to make all my classmates think I was heterosexual, but it was just a big cover-up. At school People would even ask me, ‘Are you sure you’re not gay?’ And I’d say, ‘No, I’m not.'”

But the Blackpool player is not the only one who is supporting this change of thinking in the sport. Other soccer players also chose to open up to speak publicly about his homosexuality.

“I speak of my homosexuality because I want to promote the discussion on this issue in professional sport,” former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger told ‘Die Zelt’.

Also the Swedish Anton Hysén or the player of Barcelona and the Spanish women’s team Mapi León have commented on their homosexuality in several interviews.

In addition, it is worth mentioning Maca Sánchez, an Argentine soccer player who fought to make women’s soccer professional in her country. She is a recognized lesbian and her tweet a few years ago became very viral: “A national, popular, democratic and feminist 2019. Let women’s soccer be professional and abortion be legal damn.”

Liam Davis, Sandra Castelló, Leyre Serrano, Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder are three other personalities from the world of football who have tried to give visibility to the LGTBIQ community.

The last most notorious case prior to Daniels was Josh Cavallo, an Australian Adelaide United midfielder who acknowledged his sexual orientation through the publication of a video on his official Twitter account.