“I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” Cavallo mentioned within the emotional video titled ‘Josh’s Truth.’ “All I want to do is play football and be treated equally.
“I do know there are different gamers residing in silence,” the 21-year-old added. “I wish to assist change this, to indicate that everybody is welcome within the recreation of soccer and deserves the precise to be their genuine self.”
The video was accompanied by a statement posted to Cavallo’s Twitter account.
His announcement means that Cavallo is the only current openly gay top-flight male footballer.
“Being a homosexual closeted footballer, I’ve needed to study to masks my emotions as a way to match the mildew of an expert footballer,” Cavallo wrote. “As a homosexual footballer, I do know there are different gamers residing in silence.
“I want to help change this, to show that everyone is welcome in the game of football, and deserves the right to be their authentic self.”
Cavallo follows former A-League participant Andy Brennan, who in 2019 grew to become the primary Australian skilled male soccer participant to publicly come out whereas taking part in.
In 2014, former Germany worldwide Thomas Hitzlsperger got here out as homosexual the 12 months after he introduced his retirement from soccer.
American worldwide Robbie Rogers introduced he was homosexual when retiring from skilled soccer in February 2013, however subsequently returned to the game with MLS membership LA Galaxy three months later and went on to win the MLS Cup.