Welcome to the club, Jake Daniels! The Blackpool footballer, 17, has come out and became the only openly gay male professional footballer in Britain
“I just knew that was just such a long time of just lying and not being able to have what I want,” he said.
“Since I’ve come out to my family, my club and my teammates, that period of overthinking everything and the stress it created has gone. It was impacting my mental health.
“Now I am just confident and happy to be myself finally.”
Jake says he has received “amazing support” from his teammates after telling them about his sexuality. Congrats on a big step for yourself, and for other athletes out there. Hopefully this will encourage more to do so!