Zach Sullivan Timed His Coming Out For First-Ever League Pride Weekend

Zach Sullivan (center) with Manchester Storm teammates (image via Twitter)

Professional ice hockey player Zach Sullivan of the Manchester Storm came out as bisexual this weekend.

As the Elite Ice Hockey League held its first official Pride weekend promoting diversity and inclusivity in the sport, Sullivan took to his social media to share his message.

“I have battled with mental health problems over this issue and with the support, understanding and acceptance from my family, friends and teammates, I finally feel ready to say: I’m bisexual,” wrote the 25-year-old athlete.

He added he has “never been more proud to wear a jersey before, especially one that celebrates all gender identities and sexualities.”

The responses on social media were overwhelmingly positive. Not only from his fans, but his team, the Elite Ice Hockey League, and more.

Ryan Finnerty, head coach for the Manchester Storm, tweeted his support writing, “His strength and courage will inspire the youth of tomorrow.”

Sullivan told the BBC’s Radio Manchester that while his sport is hyper-masculine he realized he had “quite the opportunity with it being the first-ever EIHL Pride weekend.”

He also shared his hope that if he can come out “maybe it will help someone who is going through the same problem, going through the same situation.”

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