Australian soccer star Josh Cavallo came out as gay in a video posted by his club on Wednesday. Cavallo, 21, is the only openly gay player in top-tier men's professional soccer. "There's something personal that I need to share with everyone," the midfielder said in the video shared by his A-League club, Adelaide United. "I'm a footballer and I'm gay." "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've always wished for as a kid. All I want to do is play football and be treated equally," Cavallo admitted that trying to perform while living a "double life" was an "exhausting effort," something he doesn't want anyone else to go through. He believed he would be treated differently once others found out about his sexuality, he said, but after coming out privately, he received support from his teammates, coaches and family. "In football, you only have a small window to achiev . . . read the full article here.
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