Have you ever heard of Anton Hysen? This young Swede was born and raised in Liverpool, England, where his father used to play for Liverpool F.C. But that’s not the only thing known about Anton: he’s an accomplished football player himself, and the only one to come out of the closet so far!
Recently he commented on the fact that he’s the only high-profile football player to come out: “I couldn’t give a s*** about the people who thought less of me. I maybe got one or two bits of abuse from supporters or players I was up against. To be honest, any abuse I did get said far more about the people that said it than me. It just illustrated how uneducated they were to have such bigoted views.”
Hysen went on to state: “We had Justin Fashanu a long time ago, but I feel we’ve become a lot more progressive since then. Football has completely changed, but so has society. It’s the same in Sweden. As recently as the 1970s, homosexuality was considered a disease – it’s not that long ago that gay people didn’t even feel safe on the streets here. But things are looking better and the environment is right for a footballer to come out. Yes, you need support around you. But the player, or players – because I know there’s more than one in the Premier League – need to be strong. I’m so proud of what I’ve done and everything has been so much better after I decided to come out. If a Premier League player did come out, it would be huge for football – not just in England, but across the world.”