«I’m Josh Cavallo. I’m a footballer. And I’m proud to be gay“. Thus ends the video message of Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo, who publicly revealed that he is homosexual, thus becoming the first footballer to do coming out during his tenure in the Australian A-League. “I want to publicly announce that I’m gay,” the 21-year-old said on his social media channels and those of his team, earning supportive comments from across the A-League and Football Australia. Cavallo, jersey number 27, represented Australia at the under 20 level. At the end of a long journey, he decided to come out into the open, to no longer keep his sexuality a secret. “All I want to do is play football and be treated the same,” said the young midfielder. “Trying to play to the best of your ability and at the same time living this double life is exhausting, it’s something I don’t want anyone to experience.” «I remember reading about Justin Fashanu – he explained – the first male professional footballer to do coming out, in the 90’s. Eight years later he took his own life, this worried me a lot ».
Cavallo said instead of having received all the support that the delicate situation required. By the club first, and then by all his teammates and officials. A support that the 21-year-old described as “immense”. “He told his truth to the world showing deep courage”, are the words contained in the Adelaide United post. “We stand by Josh in his being proudly true to himself and will continue to love and support him as a member of our wonderfully diverse family.” Now the midfielder aspires to become a positive role model for all players who are in the same situation as him and are afraid of the consequences that a possible coming out can produce: “I want to make it clear that it is okay to be gay and play football – said the young man – I want to show it to all the other people who are struggling and are afraid”.