Anton Hysen, the world’s only openly gay professional footballer, says his life has changed dramatically for the better, following his decision to come out eighteen months ago.
Ahead of a crucial match for the 21-year-old, the Swedish Utsiktens BK player has taken time out to do a Q&A session with journalist Patrick O’Kane.
Anton, you made the choice to come out publicly in March 2011. Why did you decide to do this and were you prepared for the worldwide impact that followed?
It all started when I was at a friend’s house with family. A magazine had contacted me to ask me to share my story. I had already told friends and I thought that it would be great to help anyone else with being gay and coming out so I agreed to ‘go public’.
My family thought it would be good for them and my dad (ex-Liverpool footballer Glenn Hysen) said it will be good for other players in the long term. He said that by helping other people it would bring the issue of homosexuality in football to the fore.
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