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Semi-Pro UK Footballer Liam Davis Comes Out as Gay


Earlier this week, retired Premier League footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger came out of the closet, and he has apparently inspired others to follow suit.

Gainsborough Trinity winger Liam Davis came out of the closet publicly on Saturday in an interview in the Lincolnshire Echo:

“I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer out there. Nobody wants to be forced out, but I hope they can look and see there is someone out there who has done it. I hope we can get to a stage where it is not a bad thing, that there is no problem and people just get on with it.”

Davis, who says he has been out to friends and family and his team over the summer after they asked about him, also owns a restaurant, the Point Café and Bar in Cleethopres, with his partner Neil.

Says Davis:

“My partner and I work in the same place and it will probably come across that we are a couple. But people do not walk out of our restaurant because of that. They come in for some good food and good service. It should be the same in football. I should be able to picked, or not picked, on merit, not because of my sexuality. You are there to play and do a good job for your team.”

Read the full lengthy interview HERE.

Watch a video interview with Davis shot back in May when he joined his current team, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via outsports)

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  1. the best way to not be "forced Out" is to not continue to allow others to "Force you to STAY IN" - before coming out, you *are* allowing the opinions of others to "force you to remain closeted" - people should be encouraged to come out, and supported, and not 'forced' to remain closeted.

    kudos to this man. may more follow him :)


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 14, 2014 1:50:12 PM

  2. I can't begin to imagine the double-entendre comments here that will follow his. Oh wait, yes I can.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2014 1:55:36 PM

  3. Sorry to be shallow, but boy is he CUTE!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 14, 2014 1:55:54 PM

  4. C'mon closeted gay American athletes! Get on the ball!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 14, 2014 1:56:37 PM

  5. @ "Sorry to be shallow, but boy is he CUTE!"

    You're not being shallow, JACK M. He is a good looking young Brit. And beautiful eyes...he must be a fellow Pisces.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 14, 2014 2:01:12 PM

  6. Who?

    Posted by: Footballer | Jan 14, 2014 2:13:05 PM

  7. Oh, he's a Sagittarius. Well, they can have pretty eyes also.

    ...maybe a few.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 14, 2014 2:16:26 PM

  8. Glad he came out when he wanted to and not on the timetable of others who have nothing better to do than to tell others how they should live their lives. He was out to those people that mattered to him and that is all that matters.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 14, 2014 3:14:09 PM

  9. His partner is a lucky man. May they do well!

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 14, 2014 3:26:56 PM

  10. 'they believe that five percent of the population is gay, so if you halve that for gender, that means there is 2.5 per cent gay men'...not the brightest bulb in the box

    Posted by: Cal | Jan 14, 2014 3:40:55 PM

  11. @Cal, It's still 5% gay men, because if you're only counting men, then you also have to halve the population: 2.5 ÷ 50 = 5%

    Posted by: Rocket Scientist | Jan 14, 2014 3:50:57 PM

  12. @Cal - I apolgize. Didn't realize that was a a quote. 50 lashes with we noodle here. ;-0

    Posted by: Rocket Scientist | Jan 14, 2014 3:56:32 PM

  13. haha that's ok ;)

    Posted by: Cal | Jan 14, 2014 4:00:17 PM

  14. He looks a lot like that Robbie guy from LA that came out. The resemblance is striking.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 14, 2014 4:40:38 PM

  15. I LOVE LIAM...

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jan 14, 2014 5:26:32 PM

  16. His partner's a lot older:

    Posted by: tcw | Jan 14, 2014 5:48:55 PM

  17. I'm kinda starting to worry about when the first gay professional athlete who isn't a walking wet dream will come out. After this initial stream of tasty pieces of meat, I'm worried that the first uggo will be met with, "Congratulations, buddy. NEXT!"

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 14, 2014 6:17:25 PM

  18. Congratulations and good luck to ya, mate.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 14, 2014 7:32:05 PM

  19. @Cal: Yeah, I don't think Liam thought that comment through. His league is all men, so using the figure he cited (from what "they say") 5% would be gay MEN.
    If his league were co-ed with half the players being women, then he could still guess that 5% of the players are gay PLAYERS (and then it might be fair to say that 2.5% of the players could be gay MEN).

    That 5% figure (or ANY figure counting gays that any survey ever comes with) is only counting gay people who are willing to out themselves to the surveyor, though.
    No survey ever counts fully closeted people, so the real number of gays in the league (and in society) could easily be double or triple that number or more.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 14, 2014 10:36:32 PM

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