Hugo Scheckter says he has found nothing but support from the players and staff at Southampton FC, and now he’s using National Coming Out Day to share his true self with the world. Southampton competes in England’s Premier League.
Scheckter took to Twitter today to share his true self with the world in a series of three tweets:
In honour of #NationalComingOutDay, I want to confirm something I've never mentioned publicly but am so proud to now do so: I'm gay. ️— Hugo Scheckter (@HugoScheckter) October 11, 2016
As cliched as it sounds, it really does get better when you come out and I genuinely couldn't be happier to have done so at this moment!— Hugo Scheckter (@HugoScheckter) October 11, 2016
Soccer, and in particular European soccer, does get a bad rap. When Robbie Rogers came out publicly a couple years ago, he talked about how much more homophobic the environment is in English soccer versus American soccer. Still, with campaigns by Stonewall, Soccer V. Homophobia and others, we believe it is getting better.
Scheckter’s story, and his profession of support by players and team staff, is great to see. As the player/team liaison for Southampton FC, he certainly interacts with both sides plenty.
He is the second executive in the Football Association to come out publicly as gay, following former FA executive Chris Gibbons, who came out publicly on Outsports in 2013.
You can follow Scheckter on Twitter.