Liam Davis a midfielder for Cleethorpes Town soccer club wants to encourage other sports players to come out and not have any apprehension about being gay. He thought it was important to share his own experiences when he came out and continues to offer advice to younger players. He attributes his ability to come out in part because Uefa's Equal Game campaign.
“Don’t over-worry and overthink things. I don’t think it will be as big an issue as you think.
I never once thought about football when I came out. It was just a case of: this is who I am, and I think this is the time to tell people who I am.
But I would never, ever overthink it. And then football just fell into place. It was out of season at the time. I joined a new team, didn’t think about it and everything went on like normal.”
It's important to him that fans and people in general understand that when you're playing his sexual orientation, or the orientation of other plays isn't important. He firmly believes that both players can thrive, even if they face disparaging comments or slurs.
Uefa's President Aleksander Ceferin stated “We do not tolerate any kind of homophobic, racist or sexist behavior, and we will always stand for values such as diversity, gender equality and social inclusion.” As part of the organizations anti-discrimination stance.
Liam thoughts and advice to other players thinking of coming out “My advice to a young gay footballer at any level or any standard is just to be themselves,” he says.
So, what do you think? Are sports teams become more accepting of LGBT players?
h/t: The Independent