Andy Brennan is the first Australian professional footballer to come out as gay, after he revealed his sexual orientation moments back.
Former A-League player, who played for Newcastle Jets in the top flight between 2015 and 2017 and now lines up for Victorian National Premier Leagues side Green Gully, revealed this in a recent post on his Instagram page.
He wrote in the post;
It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this – I’m gay.
I was scared it would affect my friendships, my teammates, and my family. But the support of the people around me has been so great and helped me get to the final step; being completely open.
Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself. So… carry on! 🌈
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A report on the A-League website said Brennan was “the first Australian male football player to come out as gay”, adding that he had a girlfriend until last June.
“Six months ago I thought about it a lot, tried to hide it and push it aside because of the way I thought it would be perceived by many,” he was quoted as telling the Herald-Sun.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t waste any more time being in relationships that I wasn’t comfortable in and wouldn’t come to anything,” Brennan added.
While the 26-year-old says his decision to go public has been a big weight off his shoulders, he does not want to pressure others to do the same if they are not ready. He told the Herald Sun;
“You’ve got to realise that’s who you are and you’ve just got to be who you are – whether you’re gay or whatever, whoever you are,”
“There will be people out there thinking, ‘Why has he got to voice his own personal whatever to the world?’. The reason I wanted to do this in the first place was to make me feel comfortable. It’s been a big lift off my shoulders and I can just focus on playing football.
“This isn’t a call for those people to come out and tell everyone who they are. They shouldn’t have to, shouldn’t need to.
“I did it this way because this is what is going to make me most comfortable – being open and honest with who I am.”
Homosexuality remains a taboo in many football circles. Last year, Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud told Le Figaro it would be “impossible” for footballers to reveal they’re gay.