Jake Daniels is the first openly gay active professional player

A 17-year-old player from Blackpool, a team that plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football, has confessed his sexual orientation.

Jake Daniels, 17, became the first professional player, active in England and Europe, to be openly gay on Monday. Daniels signed a professional contract with Blackpool, a team playing in the Championship, English football’s second tier, in February. Now, in an interview with Sky Sports, he is open about his sexual orientation.

“It’s the right time to do it. I feel like I’m ready to tell people my story. I’ve thought a long time about how I want to do it, when I want to do it. I know now. It’s the right time. I’m ready to be myself, to be free and to have faith in all of this. I was probably five or six years old when I found out I was gay. So I’ve been living with the lie ever since. At that age, we don’t really believe that football and being gay It’s just that one day, when I grow up, I’ll have a girlfriend, I’ll change and everything will be fine. you realize that you can’t just change. It doesn’t work that way. girlfriends in the past, to try and trick my classmates into thinking I was straight, but that was just a cover. To school, people would even ask me, “Are you sure you’re not gay?”: “No, I’m not,” he started by saying.

“For a long time I thought I should hide my truth because I wanted to be, and now I am, a professional football player. I wondered if I should wait until retirement to come out. No other football player active professional did However, I knew this would lead to a long period of lying and not being able to be myself or lead the life I want.Since coming out to my family, club and teammates, that period of overthinking everything and the stress it created is gone. It was taking a toll on my mental health. Now I’m confident and happy to finally be myself.”

“Blackpool have been absolutely amazing. I’ve been with them every day and felt safe. My team-mates have supported me and everyone has supported me. They’ve asked lots of questions, they’ve all been intrigued and the response has been brilliant. It’s the best thing I could have asked for. Captain [Chris Maxwell] he was one of the main people I talked to and he also asked me a lot of questions. At the end, he ended up saying, “I’m so proud of you.” It meant so much. I like when people ask questions. I just want it all to be known and people to hear my story.”

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