Thomas Beattie (footballer)
Gay football star Thomas Beattie reflects on coming out - blueenvelope.info
Former Hull City youth player Thomas Beattie, who announced he was gay last year after retirement, says he would not come out if he was still playing. Beattie, who spent his career in Canada and Singapore, was the first UK-born male professional footballer to come out since Justin Fashanu in He was forced to retire aged 29 after a life-threatening head injury in Several top-level players, including former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger and Americans Robbie Rogers and Collin Martin, have come out as gay since Fashanu, who took his own life in However, Beattie said it is "more likely" the next openly gay player at the elite level will be someone who comes out in the youth system and goes on to represent a top-flight club. He said "there is a lot of pressure" and that even as a retired player he received "overwhelming" attention, while "everything now is even more under a microscope" because of social media. Beattie recalled realising he was "different" when he felt "uncomfortable" after being taken to a strip club with his Hull youth side team-mates.
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Homosexuality still remains a taboo subject in professional football, especially in top leagues across the globe. While racism is being targeted currently with the Black Lives Matter campaign, homosexuality is yet to be given a platform of its own in the English top flight. Former Hull City player Thomas Beattie, who has also played in Singapore and Canada, recently confessed that he is gay. The former Premier League player added that he had no intention to reveal his sexual orientation during his playing days for fear of public outrage. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.