Collin Martin hopes other gay footballers can ‘find comfort in sport’
Collin Martin, the Minnesota United footballer who came out publicly last June, has sent a message of positivity to other gay players.
Martin was speaking in a new short film for the MLS ‘Soccer For All’ initiative taking place during Pride month, a year on from posting to his social accounts to share that he was a gay player in the US pro game.
The 24-year-old from Maryland is the only out sportsman in any of the major professional sports leagues in the States, and one of few out gay men working in professional soccer anywhere in the world.
“There has to be some more gay footballers,” says Martin in the film. “I hope that they can find comfort in not only society but comfort in sport, that they can be themselves because I think it’s a shame nowadays if people aren’t able to be themselves.”
Martin explains that coming out publicly was “a natural progression” for him after receiving support from his family, friends and Minnesota team-mates, and as a response to the inclusive culture of Major League Soccer itself…….read more
Source: Sky News