Swiss wrestler Curdin Orlik has come out as gay, making him Switzerland’s first openly gay male professional athlete.
Orlik came out in Switzerland’s Das Magazin (The Magazine).
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Said Orlik (translation via Outsports): “For far too long I have pushed out who I really am. I am not someone who kisses in front of people, but I want to lie down with a man and be able to touch him. … I always knew that I was gay, for sure since I was 12. But I thought: this is wrong, it cannot be. I heard things on the school building square [like] ‘you gay pig,’ ‘you faggot.’ Or in soccer, ‘such a gay pass!’ Even when wrestling. Sure, nobody really meant that, but if you’re like that yourself, you think, ‘Sh*t, that’s not a good thing.’ I thought: I don’t want to be gay. But it’s me. Now it’s out.”
Orlik responded to praise for his coming out on social media, writing: “Wow, I am overwhelmed by the large number of positive reactions that you have sent me through a variety of channels😍 With your wonderful feedback, I am now starting a new, open and free period of my life. Thank you very much – with all my heart ❤. Special thanks go to my parents and everyone else who supported me in advance.”
The 27-year-old competes in “swing wrestling,” Outsports adds: “Swing wrestling is a sport peculiar to Switzerland and very popular, with its champions becoming household names. It’s a derivative of folk wrestling where the wrestlers wear special clothes that allow for holds and throws and the action takes place in a circle covered in sawdust.”