Liam Davis is a semi-pro soccer player in England who came out publicly a couple years ago. While he isn’t in the Premier League, he does play for Cleethorpes Town FC, which competes in the Northern Premier League, which is under the banner of the Football Association.
On Sunday he and his club will play in the FA Vase Final in the revered Wembley Stadium. Davis may be the first publicly out gay player in the FA to play a match in Wembley, as claimed by inews, but we’re just not sure if Justin Fashanu played in the old Wembley Stadium after he came out.
Either way, it has given Davis another opportunity to refute the nonsense FA chief Greg Clarke and so many others keep putting out there that a gay footballer will face incredible struggles and rejection if he comes out.
“There hasn’t been any negatives from my point of view,” Davis told i. “At the club you’re at everybody will back you up. I’ve had a couple of comments from opposition players but they’ve been nipped in the bud, not big issues.”
Yet we still talk about how athletes and fans will reject a gay athlete. Insane.