At one time, a scandal broke out in European football. For many, it was a revelation that among the players there are homosexuals. English scientists even conducted a study, according to which it turned out that 25% of the interviewed players know gay players. The German Football Federation head Theo Zwanziger also added fuel to the fire. He urged players of non-traditional sexual orientation not to hide this fact from the public.
This indirectly confirmed the fact of the presence of gays in the Bundesliga. Although given the significant percentage of gay men among men, is it any wonder that they exist in sports as well? Just public opinion is not yet ready to accept and accept this fact. Below we will talk about the most famous athletes, homosexuals, who declared their non-traditional orientation.
Jonathan de Falco (football, Belgium).
Suddenly turned the career of this 27-year-old player of the club “Racing Mechelen”. De Falco, who was the leader of the team, suddenly decided to end his sports career. The new place of work of the sportsman became a porn studio. Jonathan began to appear in a video for gays. The former footballer was now called Stani Falconet. He himself says that although he had a girlfriend before, men always aroused his interest. De Falco did not hide it either. The new work, besides money, also brings a lot of pleasure. With a new star, gay porn has already signed contracts with several large companies.
Anthony Hysen (football, Sweden).
In Sweden, former Liverpool player Glenn Hysen is a celebrity. His son, 20-year-old midfielder of the club “Utsiktens” from Gothenburg (fourth division) openly confessed to homosexuality. Sam Hysen, who is the honorary chairman of the official Swedish fan club “Liverpool”, said he was very proud of the act of his son Anton. The father has long expressed his support for the young gay and does not see any problems in his orientation. The footballer hopes that his recognition will not affect his future career in any way, especially since the team has picked up excellent. True, friends tease Anton, however, do it without much malice.
Dave Copey (American football, USA).
The peak of this player’s career came in 1964-1972. Kopei played for solid American teams, including Washington Redskins. In 1975, the player openly declared his homosexuality and even released his autobiography “The History of Dave Kopey.” That scandalous book immediately became a bestseller. I must say that Kopey was the first known and opened gay in the big sport of the USA.
Johnny Weir (figure skating, USA).
This athlete was a three-time champion of his country in figure skating. From 197 to 2010 he managed to win 27 medals of different denomination at 51 competitions. Glory to the athlete brought his artistry, unusual costumes, as well as graceful skating. Weir has a unique technique, unlike most skaters, he jumps and rotates clockwise. The sportsman worked with many Russian specialists, including Tatyana Tarasova, Alexei Mishin and Galina Zmievskaya. Weir has a special attitude towards Russia, he is even going to marry a Russian lawyer Viktor Voronov. When the couple met, the Russian did not even know anything about his new friend. Victor lives permanently in New York. Weir even got acquainted with the parents of his chosen one, the matchmaking was rather interesting and piquant. So now the skater has a real Russian family. And the athlete’s open recognition of his homosexuality occurred in January 2011 in an interview with People magazine. Weir said that already in his childhood he realized that he was gay, and then just took it as a reality. I must say that the skater for a long time denied the rumors about him that appeared due to his careless words, deeds and gentle style of riding.
Garrett Thomas (rugby, Great Britain).
When a person is two meters tall and weighs more than a hundred kilograms, questions about his sexual orientation usually do not arise.This is how Garrett Thomas, the sport’s legend and the most titled rugby player in England, looks. He is in favor of the “Cardiff Blues” team and has more than a hundred speeches for the national team of Wales. This is the first known professional rugby-gay. Public recognition (fire-out) was held in December 2009 in an interview with the newspaper Daily Mail. Thomas said that he felt like a wounded bomb. He tried to keep his passions secret, hiding them in the depths of his soul, but he could not. In the summer of 2006, the player confessed his orientation to his wife, which destroyed their marriage. Soon Thomas learned about the homosexuality of the coach and the whole team, but they seemed to have defended him with a wall, having supported and rallied. The player says that he does not want to have the glory of a gay rugby player. First of all he is a rugby player, then a man and only then he is gay.
Francisco “Xisco” Jimenez Tejada (football, Spain).
This Spaniard currently has a contract with the English “Newcastle”, although last season held as a rental for “Deportivo la Coruña”. But in 2007-2009 Tejada played 11 matches for the national team of Spain. Unlike many other athletes, this footballer never thought to hide his homosexuality. This can be seen, since Tejada himself on social networks constantly uploads his unambiguous photos to other guys. Footballer became the first famous gay in the English Premier League. Maybe that’s why his career in foggy Albion was not working out?
Justin Fasanu (football, United Kingdom).
This English football player became the first black player for whose transfer a million pounds was paid. It happened in 1981. In his career Fashan had many nice clubs – Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, West Ham. Official kumping-out took place in 1990. The player declared his homosexuality, becoming the first professional players to decide on such an act. The life of the footballer ended tragically – he committed suicide in 1998. Fashanu was still actively playing in Australia, but his team, and even the coach had a psychological impact on him. In addition, the yellow press dissolved gossip about an attempt by a football player to drunkenly rape a 17-year-old boy. And nobody worried that the charges were officially dropped because of a lack of evidence.
John Ameci (basketball, United Kingdom).
This basketball player became the first open gay in the NBA, from 1995 to 2003 he played for such teams as Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic. He finished Ametchi’s active career in Europe, where he managed to win the Euroleague in the 1997/1198 season in the Italian club Virtus from Bologna. Kamin-out took place in 2007, shortly after that the basketball player left a big sport. Then came the autobiography of Ameci under the title “The Man in the Middle”. The book tells about the life of the athlete from the moment of his birth and until 2004. It turns out that John felt very lonely because of his high growth and color, which even led to his discrimination. Ametchi was forced to hide his homosexuality from relatives and friends. Revelations of the sportsman have caused in NBA the present storm. Every prominent basketball player expressed his opinion on this matter. But suspicions in a different orientation of Ameci appeared long before the recognition. The basketball player told that he loves listening to opera music, cooking and playing in the garden. The piquancy was added by the fact that Ameci, with his height of 208 cm, did not seem to resemble the typical image of a gay man.
Frederick Ljungberg (football, Sweden).
This reactive football player became famous in London’s Arsenal, where he won the English Premier League and the national cup. From 2006 to 2008, Frederic captained Sweden. After the “Arsenal” career Lyngberg rolled on an incline – West Ham, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic. His last team is the Japanese Shimizu S-Pals.Jungberg, in addition to his sports career, was able to prove himself and as a model, introducing American company Calvin Klein’s underwear. In our list, this is the only person who has not officially declared his homosexuality. But rumors have long claimed that Freddie is gay. True, gossip did not prevent him from playing brilliantly. Jungberg only expressed his dissatisfaction with the excessive attention of the press to his sexual predilections. In the mid-2000s, the footballer tried to dispel rumors of his homosexuality, twisting the affair with the famous English model Lauren Hold. But participation in spicy advertisements and unusual red hair color gave the yellow press new reasons.
Greg Luganis (jumping into the water, USA).
In the leaps, the water of Luganis is a legend. This athlete has managed to become the world’s only four-time Olympic champions in this type of competition. Luganis became the world champion five times, won six times in the Pan-American Games. His country won the championship of his country 47 times. Already aware of the positive result of his test for HIV, the athlete managed to win gold at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. In 1994, Luganis made a fireplace-out, telling the public the whole truth about himself. It is interesting that in the American career there are many intersections with our country. Luganis was the main contender for Moscow-80 gold, but for political reasons the US team refused to participate in those games. As a result, the title fell to Soviet and German athletes. And in 1986, at competitions in Austria, Luganis gave his rag to wipe the body after a shower then another 12-year-old Soviet boy Dmitry Soutin. At that time no one knew that it was to win 8 Olympic medals, jumping into the water from a springboard. That souvenir remained for a long time in memory of Soutine. In 2012, Luganis turned 52 years old. He leads an active life and struggles with HIV infection. The athlete’s hobby is to participate alongside his Jack Russell terriers in competitions to overcome obstacles. And here, Luganis showed himself at the world level.