U.S. soccer pro Collin Martin comes out!
Congratulations to Collin Martin, a midfielder for Minnesota United, came out as gay on Twitter today.
He wrote: “I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates. Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made my decision to come out publicly much easier. As we celebrate Pride night, I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional support for who I am. In light of my experience as a professional athlete, I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly. June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.”
With Robbie Rogers now retired, Collin is the ONLY openly gay professional athlete active in any of the five major sports leagues: MLS, NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB.
Let’s hope he has some company soon.
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It's an important night for me — I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv
— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018