The Daily Mail, one of London's biggest tabloids, has picked an openly gay man to be its sports editor, a first in the country.

Alex Kay-Jelski, 30, told the Pink News: "It's a great place to work, they have always been very supportive of me, especially when I got married in November, and I hope people realize that you can be gay and work in sports journalism without any problems at all."

Kay-Jelski started at the paper in 2007 and his boss Lee Clayton said: "Alex is a passionate, talented journalist who has made expeditious progress through the department. He deserves this prestigious role at the Daily Mail and I am delighted for him."

The Daily Mail was named sports paper and website of the year in Britain for 2014.

I was an out gay sports editor at the Long Beach Press-Telegram in the 1990s and, like Kay-Jelski, had zero problems. I wish him the best.

Since our layout cropped Kay-Jelski's head rather severely, here is his full portrait: