Semi-Pro Footballer Liam Davis Comes Out As Gay
By coming out last week, did retired Premiere League footballer Hitzlsperger open the flood gates? If Liam Davis' story is any indication, then the signs point to yes.
The semi-pro footballer for Gainsborough Trinity followed Hitzlsperger's lead on Saturday when he came out of the closet to reporters.
Davis said, aside from himself, he is unaware of any other footballers currently playing who are gay, but hopes that more feel comfortable to follow in his footsteps before his own career is over.
“There is none that I know of,” said Davis. “I thought about it the other day, they believe that five percent of the population is gay, so if you halve that for gender, that means there is 2.5 per cent gay men.
“Now, with football played so much from the top level down to non-league, there has to be more than one, statistics say that. So what that says to me there must be some who are not comfortable to come out.
“At the age of 23 I like to think that I’ve got a good number of years left in the game and a lot of time to make a stand.
“I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer out there. Nobody wants to be forced out, but I hope they can look and see there is someone out there who has done it.
“I hope we can get to a stage where it is not a bad thing, that there is no problem and people just get on with it.”