With all the recent talking about how professional football players should come out of the closet, it’s nice to see one finally doing something about that! Adam McCabe is a pro and semi-pro football player whose list of clubs includes clubs from Thailand, Slovakia and his native England; he’s currently playing in National Premier Soccer League in Atlanta, the Georgia Revolution.
But he has decided to come out: “While I was playing soccer at a younger age, I was not out to my teammates. I did not really even think about my sexuality until the end of high school and beginning of college (around 19 years old). Soccer was the most important thing; it was all that I thought about. I lived, breathed, ate and slept soccer. And I was not going to let anything, like a relationship or my sexuality, get in the way of my goals and dreams.”
“The language that is used during practice, in the locker room, and on the pitch is extremely masculine and at times vulgar. I have heard teammates use homophobic language both in the soccer realm and in daily life. It causes you to really pay attention to your surroundings and debate every action as a closeted athlete.”
“I was afraid to share my sexuality based off of what I had heard my teammates say. Whether joking or not, these words are cemented in your brain and they shape the way you act towards and around your teammates.”
“I have grown and changed so much since my move back and now I am at a place to help other LGBTQ athletes who may be struggling. If I can help at least one individual who needs guidance, support, or even a friend to speak with, I’m here.”